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A massive, high-profile splurge on affordable housing and “gentle” urban density, a new tax credit for electric vehicle supply chains, and new details on Ottawa’s investment tax credits for clean electricity, technology, and hydrogen are among the major features of the federal budget unveiled Tuesday by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland.

EV Tax Credit in Federal Budget Fuels Speculation on New Investment

A massive, high-profile splurge on affordable housing and “gentle” urban density, a new tax credit for electric vehicle supply chains, and new details on Ottawa’s investment tax credits for clean electricity, technology, and hydrogen are among the major features of the federal budget unveiled Tuesday by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland.

New gas peaker plants can actually produce more climate pollution than older units that are used less frequently, concludes a U.S. study that looked at battery energy storage systems (BESS) as a cheap, clean alternative to fossil fuels on the power grid.

New Gas Peaker Plants Can Produce More Emissions than Older, Less Efficient Units: Study

New gas peaker plants can actually produce more climate pollution than older units that are used less frequently, concludes a U.S. study that looked at battery energy storage systems (BESS) as a cheap, clean alternative to fossil fuels on the power grid.

Hydro-Québec is seeking bids for 300 megawatts of small solar energy projects to integrate into its grid as the giant utility explores how solar can help meet the province’s growing electricity needs.

Quebec Explores ‘Game-Changer’ Urban Solar with Call for Small, Local Projects

Hydro-Québec is seeking bids for 300 megawatts of small solar energy projects to integrate into its grid as the giant utility explores how solar can help meet the province’s growing electricity needs.

One more southern Ontario municipality is offering conditional support for TC Energy’s proposal to build Canada’s biggest energy storage project to date on the Georgian Bay, while other local towns and groups continue to oppose it.

Owen Sound Conditionally Supports Controversial Pumped Storage Project

One more southern Ontario municipality is offering conditional support for TC Energy’s proposal to build Canada’s biggest energy storage project to date on the Georgian Bay, while other local towns and groups continue to oppose it.

An initial assessment of Nova Scotia’s offshore wind potential says an operating wind farm off the province’s coast is still seven to 10 years out.

Nova Scotia Offshore Wind Development 7-10 Years Away, Committee Finds

An initial assessment of Nova Scotia’s offshore wind potential says an operating wind farm off the province’s coast is still seven to 10 years out.

A massive, high-profile splurge on affordable housing, a series of measures to support “gentle” urban density, and a clawback in the government’s spectacularly successful Greener Homes retrofit program are among the major features of the federal budget unveiled Tuesday by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland.

More ‘Gentle’ Density, Fewer Energy Retrofits as Federal Budget Homes In on Housing

A massive, high-profile splurge on affordable housing, a series of measures to support “gentle” urban density, and a clawback in the government’s spectacularly successful Greener Homes retrofit program are among the major features of the federal budget unveiled Tuesday by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland.

Today’s federal budget will include a multi-billion-dollar plan to “solve the housing crisis” by delivering 3.87 million new homes by 2031, but reduce total funding for energy retrofits compared to the former Canada Greener Homes grant program.

Ottawa Pledges Billions for New Housing, Claws Back Funds for Energy Retrofits

Today’s federal budget will include a multi-billion-dollar plan to “solve the housing crisis” by delivering 3.87 million new homes by 2031, but reduce total funding for energy retrofits compared to the former Canada Greener Homes grant program.

Water supply for hydropower is at worryingly low levels in Canada and the United States, as climate change raises temperatures and alters precipitation patterns, threatening clean energy plans.

Canada’s Hydropower Wanes Amid Historic Hot, Dry Conditions

Water supply for hydropower is at worryingly low levels in Canada and the United States, as climate change raises temperatures and alters precipitation patterns, threatening clean energy plans.

Ontario has issued a call for innovative projects that will help the grid adapt to electric vehicles and thermal storage technologies, with a plan to invest at least C$9.5 million this year in winning proposals.

Ontario Offers $9.5M for Grid Innovation

Ontario has issued a call for innovative projects that will help the grid adapt to electric vehicles and thermal storage technologies, with a plan to invest at least C$9.5 million this year in winning proposals.

Independent analysts pointed to sudden shutdowns at several coal and gas plants and called for more flexible grid planning, while Premier Danielle Smith immediately blamed renewables, after about 60,000 households in Alberta temporarily lost power in rolling blackouts across much of the province Friday.

Rotating Brownouts in Alberta Highlight Need for More Flexible Grid

Independent analysts pointed to sudden shutdowns at several coal and gas plants and called for more flexible grid planning, while Premier Danielle Smith immediately blamed renewables, after about 60,000 households in Alberta temporarily lost power in rolling blackouts across much of the province Friday.

Zeroing in on the connection between resilient healthcare and a reliable electricity supply, United States charity Direct Relief is providing US$10 million in solar+storage microgrid grants to Native American communities.

$10M in Microgrid Grants Deliver Resilience to Native American Communities

Zeroing in on the connection between resilient healthcare and a reliable electricity supply, United States charity Direct Relief is providing US$10 million in solar+storage microgrid grants to Native American communities.

Stable, affordable electricity prices for all! Local, sustainable investment opportunities! Increased community wealth and good local jobs! Cleaner air and lower greenhouse gas emissions! A more resilient, reliable local energy system! No NIMBY! These are some of the benefits of community-owned and -governed “distributed” power generation, writes energy transition veteran Roger Peters.

Energy for All: Local Ownership Builds Community Wealth, Peters Says

Stable, affordable electricity prices for all! Local, sustainable investment opportunities! Increased community wealth and good local jobs! Cleaner air and lower greenhouse gas emissions! A more resilient, reliable local energy system! No NIMBY! These are some of the benefits of community-owned and -governed “distributed” power generation, writes energy transition veteran Roger Peters.

China has outpaced the United States and Europe in a global “race to the top” to transition off fossil fuels, but there is still time for others to close the gap, says a team of U.S. analysts.

China Leads ‘Race to the Top’ as Cleantech Shift Gains Strength

China has outpaced the United States and Europe in a global “race to the top” to transition off fossil fuels, but there is still time for others to close the gap, says a team of U.S. analysts.

Canada’s grand plan to sell “green” hydrogen to Germany are beginning to flounder, hydrogen experts from the two countries argue in a recent Globe and Mail op ed.

Green Hydrogen Hopes Flounder as 2025 Shipping Date Looms

Canada’s grand plan to sell “green” hydrogen to Germany are beginning to flounder, hydrogen experts from the two countries argue in a recent Globe and Mail op ed.

With electricity demand surging, old-school system planning has U.S. utilities falling back on their old standby: Fossil fuels

Economic Boom, Energy-Guzzling Data Centres Drive Up U.S. Power Demand

With electricity demand surging, old-school system planning has U.S. utilities falling back on their old standby: Fossil fuels

A new study out of Stanford University that tested combinations of hydropower, batteries, and green hydrogen as storage options for global grid stability pinpoints conventional hydropower as the lowest-cost pathway for Canada.

Canada’s ‘Immense’ Hydropower Offers Sufficient Grid Backup, U.S. Researcher Suggests

A new study out of Stanford University that tested combinations of hydropower, batteries, and green hydrogen as storage options for global grid stability pinpoints conventional hydropower as the lowest-cost pathway for Canada.

Climate change is bringing new forms of havoc to real estate markets in the United States and the European Union, with U.S. real estate websites beginning to share climate risk information with buyers and sellers while new EU regulations create a mandate for badly-needed but costly energy retrofits.

Homes, Commercial Buildings Face Climate Risk in U.S., Europe

Climate change is bringing new forms of havoc to real estate markets in the United States and the European Union, with U.S. real estate websites beginning to share climate risk information with buyers and sellers while new EU regulations create a mandate for badly-needed but costly energy retrofits.

Deployment of battery storage needs to accelerate to align Canada’s electricity system with net zero, two analysts with the Canadian Climate Institute (CCI) write on the 440 Megatonnes blog.

Time for Canada’s Power Grids to Mainstream Battery Storage, Analysts Say

Deployment of battery storage needs to accelerate to align Canada’s electricity system with net zero, two analysts with the Canadian Climate Institute (CCI) write on the 440 Megatonnes blog.

Fossil fuel subsidies from the Canadian government over the last four years would have been enough to fund all the country’s wind and solar projects 12 times over between 2019 and 2021, and twice as much as it would take to double transit ridership over the next dozen years, Environmental Defence Canada concludes in an analysis released last Wednesday.

Fossil Subsidies Could Have Paid for Canadian Wind and Solar Projects 12 Times Over

Fossil fuel subsidies from the Canadian government over the last four years would have been enough to fund all the country’s wind and solar projects 12 times over between 2019 and 2021, and twice as much as it would take to double transit ridership over the next dozen years, Environmental Defence Canada concludes in an analysis released last Wednesday.

Green hydrogen and ammonia producer EverWind Fuels’ stated mission to “decarbonize the world” now involves teaming up with a gas utility in Nova Scotia, a plan that one industry critic warns will only “greenwash” continued use of fossil fuels.

Green Hydrogen Deal with NS Gas Grid Risks ‘Substantial’ Efficiency Losses, Expert Warns

Green hydrogen and ammonia producer EverWind Fuels’ stated mission to “decarbonize the world” now involves teaming up with a gas utility in Nova Scotia, a plan that one industry critic warns will only “greenwash” continued use of fossil fuels.

A survey by KPMG in Canada says business leaders want the federal government to fast-track all outstanding

Speed Up Clean Energy Tax Credits, 90% of Small and Medium Businesses Urge Ottawa

A survey by KPMG in Canada says business leaders want the federal government to fast-track all outstanding “green” or “clean” economy business investment tax credits.

A window-mounted heat pump in Regina Fred’s New York City apartment is making all the difference, giving her more control over her heating and cooling while cutting her energy bill and reducing emissions.

New Designs Make Heat Pumps Available to Apartment Dwellers

A window-mounted heat pump in Regina Fred’s New York City apartment is making all the difference, giving her more control over her heating and cooling while cutting her energy bill and reducing emissions.

A windfall investment for one Canadian cleantech company and a lucrative contract for a second one signify fresh prospects for efforts to recycle and repurpose lithium-ion batteries.

2 Big Financial Boosts Herald New Momentum for Battery Recycling

A windfall investment for one Canadian cleantech company and a lucrative contract for a second one signify fresh prospects for efforts to recycle and repurpose lithium-ion batteries.

Canada and Germany signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday for the future sale of hydrogen produced from proposed projects in Atlantic Canada.

‘Multi-Billion-Dollar Opportunity’ for Atlantic as Wilkinson Inks Wind-Hydrogen Deal with Germany

Canada and Germany signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday for the future sale of hydrogen produced from proposed projects in Atlantic Canada.

As the wind energy industry struggles with the sticky issue of dealing with used turbine components, companies and researchers are coming up with ways to recycle those materials for a new life.

Recycling Innovators Take Wind Turbine Components for a Second Spin

As the wind energy industry struggles with the sticky issue of dealing with used turbine components, companies and researchers are coming up with ways to recycle those materials for a new life.

The Icelandic government intends to scale up a successful circular economy built around its geothermal resources and export its model to other countries looking to tap into their underground renewable energy sources.

Iceland’s No-Waste Geothermal Model Ready For Export

The Icelandic government intends to scale up a successful circular economy built around its geothermal resources and export its model to other countries looking to tap into their underground renewable energy sources.

China may already have peaked its coal burning, even as it builds more coal-fired power plants, but will still need a record drop in its carbon dioxide emissions to meet its 2025 climate targets, two separate analysts concluded last month.

China Coal-Burning May Have Peaked, But Emissions Reductions Are Far Off Course

China may already have peaked its coal burning, even as it builds more coal-fired power plants, but will still need a record drop in its carbon dioxide emissions to meet its 2025 climate targets, two separate analysts concluded last month.

The world’s methane emissions remained stalled near record levels in 2023, and Canada tied for sixth on the list of top 10 emitters, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reported this week in the latest edition of its annual Global Methane Tracker.

Canada in Top 10 Emitters as Methane Pollution Holds Near Record Levels in 2023

The world’s methane emissions remained stalled near record levels in 2023, and Canada tied for sixth on the list of top 10 emitters, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reported this week in the latest edition of its annual Global Methane Tracker.

Alberta's utilities regulator has released a report saying the province's booming solar and wind industry poses little threat to its agriculture or the environment, after independent observers warned the Danielle Smith government’s latest restrictions could cost it 42 new projects totalling C$11 billion in investment and 6.3 gigawatts of new generating capacity.

‘Reason-Based Wrecking Ball’ Demolishes the Case for Alberta Restrictions on Renewables

Alberta’s utilities regulator has released a report saying the province’s booming solar and wind industry poses little threat to its agriculture or the environment, after independent observers warned the Danielle Smith government’s latest restrictions could cost it 42 new projects totalling C$11 billion in investment and 6.3 gigawatts of new generating capacity.

Faced with an uptick in power failures and growing threats to its grid from the impacts of climate change, Hydro-Quebec is distributing backup batteries to some residential users.

Hydro-Québec Tests Battery Backup For Residential Customers

Faced with an uptick in power failures and growing threats to its grid from the impacts of climate change, Hydro-Quebec is distributing backup batteries to some residential users.

Despite faster uptake of home heat pumps, the current pace of adoption is too slow to electrify space heating in all Canadian households by 2100, much less the 2050 target date for bringing the country to net-zero emissions, the Transition Accelerator’s Building Decarbonization Alliance warns in a report released last month.

MORE HEAT PUMPS: Pick Up the Pace to Hit Building Decarbonization Targets, Alliance Urges

Despite faster uptake of home heat pumps, the current pace of adoption is too slow to electrify space heating in all Canadian households by 2100, much less the 2050 target date for bringing the country to net-zero emissions, the Transition Accelerator’s Building Decarbonization Alliance warns in a report released last month.

How does a gas company achieve net-zero? By increasing energy efficiency and electrification, substantially replacing fossil gas with renewable natural gas (RNG), and deploying emerging low-carbon technologies, says Quebec-based gas utility Énergir, in a series of moves that have sparked curiosity and scrutiny from outside experts.

Quebec Gas Utility Énergir Plots Tortuous Path to Net-Zero

How does a gas company achieve net-zero? By increasing energy efficiency and electrification, substantially replacing fossil gas with renewable natural gas (RNG), and deploying emerging low-carbon technologies, says Quebec-based gas utility Énergir, in a series of moves that have sparked curiosity and scrutiny from outside experts.

The fourth phase of the world’s biggest offshore wind farm has dropped plans to produce green hydrogen after confirming a connection to the UK power grid.

World’s Biggest Wind Farm Drops Plans for Green Hydrogen

The fourth phase of the world’s biggest offshore wind farm has dropped plans to produce green hydrogen after confirming a connection to the UK power grid.

A survey of renewable energy developers in the United States—and instances of community opposition to large solar and wind projects in Canada and abroad—indicate that improved engagement with locals could spur renewables growth and help counter misinformation campaigns inflamed by influencers from outside the neighbourhood.

Community Opposition Adds Roadblocks to Large Renewables Projects

A survey of renewable energy developers in the United States—and instances of community opposition to large solar and wind projects in Canada and abroad—indicate that improved engagement with locals could spur renewables growth and help counter misinformation campaigns inflamed by influencers from outside the neighbourhood.

Contrary to concerns that a shift to renewable energy will harm the economy, renewables have actually been boosting prosperity for at least a decade—even with the deck stacked in favour of fossil fuels, writes Deborah de Lange, associate professor of global management studies at Toronto Metropolitan University, in a post for The Conversation.

Renewable Energy Has Boosted the Economy for at Least a Decade

Contrary to concerns that a shift to renewable energy will harm the economy, renewables have actually been boosting prosperity for at least a decade—even with the deck stacked in favour of fossil fuels, writes Deborah de Lange, associate professor of global management studies at Toronto Metropolitan University, in a post for The Conversation.

Citing a disputed cost study, Vermont Governor Phil Scott is pushing back against a bill that mandates faster, wider adoption of renewable energy by the state’s power utilities.

Vermont Governor Opposes Ambitious Renewable Energy Bill Over Costs

Citing a disputed cost study, Vermont Governor Phil Scott is pushing back against a bill that mandates faster, wider adoption of renewable energy by the state’s power utilities.

Would-be Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers are in for a surprise if they think the pause in new export approvals in the United States will open up a bigger global market for Canadian gas, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) concludes in an analysis released Monday.

Biden’s LNG Pause Won’t Create Demand for Canadian Exports: IEEFA

Would-be Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers are in for a surprise if they think the pause in new export approvals in the United States will open up a bigger global market for Canadian gas, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) concludes in an analysis released Monday.

A Toronto-area builder of modular, prefabricated mass timber housing has received a major boost in its bid to introduce a “Lego-style” approach to affordable, energy-efficient construction.

Low-Emitting, ‘Lego-Style’ Homebuilder Nabs $1.25M Investment from TAF

A Toronto-area builder of modular, prefabricated mass timber housing has received a major boost in its bid to introduce a “Lego-style” approach to affordable, energy-efficient construction.

With Canada's home retrofit industry in chaos, consumers abandoning ship, and emissions in housing still falling far too slowly, two separate open letters are urging Energy and Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson to restore funding for the popular Canada Greener Homes grant program.

Program In Chaos, Layoffs Have Started as Advocates Urge Wilkinson to Restore Greener Homes Grants

With Canada’s home retrofit industry in chaos, consumers abandoning ship, and emissions in housing still falling far too slowly, two separate open letters are urging Energy and Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson to restore funding for the popular Canada Greener Homes grant program.

New York City has announced plans to create 260,000 “green collar” jobs over the next 16 years.

‘New Kind of Industrial Revolution’ to Create 260,000 Jobs in NYC

New York City has announced plans to create 260,000 “green collar” jobs over the next 16 years.

Alberta is at risk of losing its standing as Canada’s go-to destination for renewable energy investment, as continuing uncertainty after its seven-month project moratorium collides with other provinces’ growing embrace of technologies like solar, wind, and battery storage.

‘Banana Republic’ Alberta Risks Losing Its Lead in Renewable Energy Development

Alberta is at risk of losing its standing as Canada’s go-to destination for renewable energy investment, as continuing uncertainty after its seven-month project moratorium collides with other provinces’ growing embrace of technologies like solar, wind, and battery storage.

Carbon dioxide emissions from global energy production increased 1.1% last year, to 37.4 billion tonnes, but would have been considerably worse if not for expanded use of solar, wind, and electric vehicles, the International Energy Agency concluded in its annual CO2 emissions inventory published last week.

Energy-Related CO2 Rises 1.1% in 2023 as Drought Pushes Countries Back to Coal

Carbon dioxide emissions from global energy production increased 1.1% last year, to 37.4 billion tonnes, but would have been considerably worse if not for expanded use of solar, wind, and electric vehicles, the International Energy Agency concluded in its annual CO2 emissions inventory published last week.

When delegates at least year’s COP28 climate summit agreed to triple the world’s renewable power capacity and double the pace of energy efficiency improvements by 2030, experts saw the pledge as a sign that efficiency, a perpetually overlooked climate solution, is finally gaining momentum on the global stage.

Energy Efficiency Could Deliver Half of the World’s Emission Reductions by 2030…If Communities Get It Right

When delegates at least year’s COP28 climate summit agreed to triple the world’s renewable power capacity and double the pace of energy efficiency improvements by 2030, experts saw the pledge as a sign that efficiency, a perpetually overlooked climate solution, is finally gaining momentum on the global stage.

Nova Scotia’s electric utility will lose control over who gets access to the power grid under a change the government says is needed to help the province reach its energy goals, including to stop using coal by 2030.

NS to Set Up Independent Grid Operator to Boost Competition, Spur Transition Off Coal

Nova Scotia’s electric utility will lose control over who gets access to the power grid under a change the government says is needed to help the province reach its energy goals, including to stop using coal by 2030.

As the United States government rolls out billions of dollars in subsidies to produce hydrogen fuel for use in vehicles, factories, and power plants, a growing body of evidence is undercutting its clean credentials.

Hydrogen’s Clean Credentials In Doubt as U.S. Subsidies Roll Out

As the United States government rolls out billions of dollars in subsidies to produce hydrogen fuel for use in vehicles, factories, and power plants, a growing body of evidence is undercutting its clean credentials.

The push for hydrogen could increase near-term global warming by half compared to directly burning fossil fuels for the same purpose unless its proponents fully account for climate pollution at every stage of production and in the fuel itself, concludes a new paper this week in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

‘Blue’ Hydrogen Could Produce 50% More Warming than Burning Fossil Fuels

The push for hydrogen could increase near-term global warming by half compared to directly burning fossil fuels for the same purpose unless its proponents fully account for climate pollution at every stage of production and in the fuel itself, concludes a new paper this week in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

Canada will have to install hundreds of thousands more heat pumps over the next three years than current sales trends indicate to get on track to decarbonize home heating and cooling by 2050, a webinar audience heard Thursday afternoon.

Canada Needs More Heat Pumps, But Shift to Electricity is Already Happening

Canada will have to install hundreds of thousands more heat pumps over the next three years than current sales trends indicate to get on track to decarbonize home heating and cooling by 2050, a webinar audience heard Thursday afternoon.

A solar module recycling company in Georgia is expanding its operations to produce glass for new panels for the first time.

Solar Module Recycler to Supply Glass for New Panels

A solar module recycling company in Georgia is expanding its operations to produce glass for new panels for the first time.

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‘New Culture’ Will Help Utilities Unlock Power of Distributed Energy, Experts Say

Despite industry perceptions, increasing consumer interest in distributed energy resources is not a “death spiral” for utilities, experts have found. But to make best use of DERs, grids need better visibility on what goes on behind the meter.

A new development in Ottawa-Gatineau is capturing waste heat from a nearby paper factory for heating, using a district energy system that also channels chilled Ottawa River water to cool buildings in the summer.

Ottawa-Area Buildings Harness Heat from Nearby Paper Plant

A new development in Ottawa-Gatineau is capturing waste heat from a nearby paper factory for heating, using a district energy system that also channels chilled Ottawa River water to cool buildings in the summer.

Rooftop solar could—technically, and with lots of caveats—supply 100% of the electricity consumed in Canada’s residential buildings, and nearly half of what commercial and industrial buildings need, concludes a new technical report from CanmetENERGY.

Rooftop Solar Could Meet 100% of Electricity Needs in Canadian Homes—Technically

Rooftop solar could—technically, and with lots of caveats—supply 100% of the electricity consumed in Canada’s residential buildings, and nearly half of what commercial and industrial buildings need, concludes a new technical report from CanmetENERGY.

Up to 94% of the energy Puerto Rico consumes—which is 70 times what it generates—is provided by imported fossil fuels, but the island has enough wind and solar potential to exceed its projected annual energy loads through 2050, a new report shows.

Puerto Rico’s 100% Renewables Expansion Can Spare Farmland, Study Finds

Up to 94% of the energy Puerto Rico consumes—which is 70 times what it generates—is provided by imported fossil fuels, but the island has enough wind and solar potential to exceed its projected annual energy loads through 2050, a new report shows.

“Smart”, bidirectional charging can make or break the case for speeding up electric vehicle deployment by cutting peak electricity demand, opening a path to more local adoption of distributed energy resources, and putting money in customers’ pockets, but only with the right policies in place, the EU’s Regulatory Assistance Project concludes in a policy brief issued late last year.

‘Batteries on Wheels’ Can Cut Peak Power Demand, Put Money in Customers’ Pockets

“Smart”, bidirectional charging can make or break the case for speeding up electric vehicle deployment by cutting peak electricity demand, opening a path to more local adoption of distributed energy resources, and putting money in customers’ pockets, but only with the right policies in place, the EU’s Regulatory Assistance Project concludes in a policy brief issued late last year.

The Manitoba government has dismissed the CEO of provincial utility Manitoba Hydro, Jay Grewal, two weeks after she warned the province could need new sources of electricity by 2029 or 2030 and indicated she planned to obtain the capacity from private wind developers.

Manitoba Fires Hydro CEO, Looks to Public Power to Meet Looming Shortfall

The Manitoba government has dismissed the CEO of provincial utility Manitoba Hydro, Jay Grewal, two weeks after she warned the province could need new sources of electricity by 2029 or 2030 and indicated she planned to obtain the capacity from private wind developers.

The global tug-of-war between Welsh steelworkers desperate to preserve their jobs and their India-based employer gunning to decarbonize while protecting profits, holds insights for others seeking a fair transition out of emissions-intensive industry—including workers at Canadian steel mills on a similar trajectory.

UK Steel Closures Show Risky Path to Decarbonizing Heavy Industry

The global tug-of-war between Welsh steelworkers desperate to preserve their jobs and their India-based employer gunning to decarbonize while protecting profits, holds insights for others seeking a fair transition out of emissions-intensive industry—including workers at Canadian steel mills on a similar trajectory.

Canada’s federal and provincial governments are pushing ahead with investments in wood biomass amid a larger shift to clean energy, but scientists warn the environmental costs outweigh the benefits.

Canada’s Wood Biomass Expansion Raises Environmental Flags

Canada’s federal and provincial governments are pushing ahead with investments in wood biomass amid a larger shift to clean energy, but scientists warn the environmental costs outweigh the benefits.

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Countries Need $2T Per Year to Triple Global Renewables by 2030

It will cost US$2 trillion per year to triple global renewable energy capacity by 2030, as countries pledged to do at last year’s United Nations climate summit in Dubai, the Berlin-based Climate Analytics think tank concludes in a report issued Tuesday morning.

Natural Resources Canada is winding down its wildly popular Greener Homes energy efficiency grants, promising a new fund that is tailor-made for low- and moderate-income households and hoping to dodge the “massive fallout” that one energy advisor predicted for the work force that delivers the program.

UPDATE: Federal Budget to Include Revamped Greener Homes Grant

Natural Resources Canada is winding down its wildly popular Greener Homes energy efficiency grants, promising a new fund that is tailor-made for low- and moderate-income households and hoping to dodge the “massive fallout” that one energy advisor predicted for the work force that delivers the program.

A hidden-gem organization in Edmonton is helping small towns and municipalities in Alberta get the funding and technical assistance they need to implement money-saving, emissions-slashing climate action.

Support Centre Helps Alberta Towns Save Millions, Cut Emissions

A hidden-gem organization in Edmonton is helping small towns and municipalities in Alberta get the funding and technical assistance they need to implement money-saving, emissions-slashing climate action.

A Canadian regulator’s pathway to net-zero is overly optimistic about slow-to-scale technologies, even as reliance on fossil fuels continues, finds a new report—but a course correction is possible through substantial policy upgrades that focus on reducing emissions and energy demand.

Canadian Regulator’s Net-Zero Plans Rife with ‘Optimistic Assumptions,’ Analysis Finds

A Canadian regulator’s pathway to net-zero is overly optimistic about slow-to-scale technologies, even as reliance on fossil fuels continues, finds a new report—but a course correction is possible through substantial policy upgrades that focus on reducing emissions and energy demand.

The U.S. oil and gas industry is investing heavily to return Donald Trump to the White House in presidential elections this fall, according to analysis conducted by OpenSecrets, a Washington, DC-based charity devoted to transparency in government.

Donations Point to Trump as U.S. Fossil Companies’ Choice for President

The U.S. oil and gas industry is investing heavily to return Donald Trump to the White House in presidential elections this fall, according to analysis conducted by OpenSecrets, a Washington, DC-based charity devoted to transparency in government.

Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has signed up more than 100,000 households in six months for an electricity demand management program that is now Canada’s biggest virtual power plant, and North America’s fastest-growing.

100,000 Ontario Households Form Canada’s Biggest Virtual Power Plant

Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has signed up more than 100,000 households in six months for an electricity demand management program that is now Canada’s biggest virtual power plant, and North America’s fastest-growing.

The European Union’s carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels dropped last year to levels last seen in the early 1960s, with cleaner electricity delivering more than half of the 8% reduction the EU achieved in a single year, concludes a report released late last month by the Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA).

Power Sector Pulls EU’s Fossil Emissions to 60-Year Low, Faster Reductions Still Needed

The European Union’s carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels dropped last year to levels last seen in the early 1960s, with cleaner electricity delivering more than half of the 8% reduction the EU achieved in a single year, concludes a report released late last month by the Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA).

Weak regulations, low demand, and a lack of skilled labour are blocking service providers along Canada’s deep retrofit supply chain from scaling up operations to make homes safer, more climate resilient, and more affordable to heat, says a recent report by Pembina Institute.

Canada’s Deep Retrofit Supply Chain Needs Help, Analysis Finds

Weak regulations, low demand, and a lack of skilled labour are blocking service providers along Canada’s deep retrofit supply chain from scaling up operations to make homes safer, more climate resilient, and more affordable to heat, says a recent report by Pembina Institute.

Natural Resources Canada is winding down its wildly popular Greener Homes energy efficiency grants, promising a new fund that is tailor-made for low- and moderate-income households and hoping to dodge the “massive fallout” that one energy advisor predicted for the work force that delivers the program.

‘Massive Fallout’ Feared as Ottawa Winds Down Greener Homes Grant Program

Natural Resources Canada is winding down its wildly popular Greener Homes energy efficiency grants, promising a new fund that is tailor-made for low- and moderate-income households and hoping to dodge the “massive fallout” that one energy advisor predicted for the work force that delivers the program.

Battery adoption is rising and cannot be held back, says the energy transition think tank RMI, in a new post that illustrates how that momentum will cut global fossil fuel demand by half.

‘Domino Effect’ for Batteries to Cut Fossil Fuel Demand by Half

Battery adoption is rising and cannot be held back, says the energy transition think tank RMI, in a new post that illustrates how that momentum will cut global fossil fuel demand by half.

Ontario Power Generation is moving ahead with a plan to extend the life of the aging Pickering Nuclear Generating Station by decades, as the province tries to secure more electricity supply in the face of increasing demand.

Ontario Pushes Ahead with Pickering Nuclear Rebuild, Won’t Quote Project Cost

Ontario Power Generation is moving ahead with a plan to extend the life of the aging Pickering Nuclear Generating Station by decades, as the province tries to secure more electricity supply in the face of increasing demand.

Amid a sprint to boost wind capacity, Hydro-Québec has selected Kingsley Falls, Quebec-based Boralex to deliver two new projects totalling 365 megawatts.

Two Boralex Projects Add 365 MW To Quebec’s Wind Tally

Amid a sprint to boost wind capacity, Hydro-Québec has selected Kingsley Falls, Quebec-based Boralex to deliver two new projects totalling 365 megawatts.

Two hydropower-rich provinces are being forced to import power from other jurisdictions due to severe drought in Western Canada.

Drought Forces B.C., Manitoba to Import Power

Two hydropower-rich provinces are being forced to import power from other jurisdictions due to severe drought in Western Canada.

Behind-the-meter solar could meet up to 3.7% of Canada’s electricity demand, save money for power utilities, reduce home energy use, and create more than 80,000 jobs in 2050, but only with better financing and supportive policies, concludes a first-ever national market assessment produced last year.

Behind-the-Meter Solar Could Create 80,000 Jobs by 2050

Behind-the-meter solar could meet up to 3.7% of Canada’s electricity demand, save money for power utilities, reduce home energy use, and create more than 80,000 jobs in 2050, but only with better financing and supportive policies, concludes a first-ever national market assessment produced last year.

As California’s utility regulator moves to complete its community solar program guidelines, hopes are high that a widely-supported tariff proposal will finally allow community solar and battery storage to help power the state.

Battery Storage Firms See Promise in California’s Community Solar Market

As California’s utility regulator moves to complete its community solar program guidelines, hopes are high that a widely-supported tariff proposal will finally allow community solar and battery storage to help power the state.

The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) and the Bank of Montreal have quietly formed a partnership aimed at financing energy retrofits in mid-sized residential and commercial buildings.

CIB, Bank of Montreal Plan $100M Fund for Commercial Building Retrofits

The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) and the Bank of Montreal have quietly formed a partnership aimed at financing energy retrofits in mid-sized residential and commercial buildings.

Two Canadian provinces unveiled major moves last week to increase their supplies of renewable electricity, largely to serve skyrocketing demand from industry, while a third took criticism for an upcoming renewables procurement that won’t shift its reliance on natural gas peaker plants and nuclear generation.

B.C., Quebec Unveil Major Clean Power Expansions While Ontario Lags

Two Canadian provinces unveiled major moves last week to increase their supplies of renewable electricity, largely to serve skyrocketing demand from industry, while a third took criticism for an upcoming renewables procurement that won’t shift its reliance on natural gas peaker plants and nuclear generation.

Iyuhána Solar LP has been selected to build a 100-megawatt solar facility, Saskatchewan’s biggest ever, near the city of Estevan, provincial utility SaskPower announced yesterday.

SaskPower Announces 100-MW Solar Plant Near Estevan

Iyuhána Solar LP has been selected to build a 100-megawatt solar facility, Saskatchewan’s biggest ever, near the city of Estevan, provincial utility SaskPower announced yesterday.

After a series of electricity grid alerts in Alberta during the deep freeze earlier this month made headlines across the country, experts say power systems all across North America are increasingly at risk of being overloaded during severe weather.

Every Canadian Grid is Vulnerable to Extreme Weather: Industry CEO

After a series of electricity grid alerts in Alberta during the deep freeze earlier this month made headlines across the country, experts say power systems all across North America are increasingly at risk of being overloaded during severe weather.

The global renewables buildout is not insurmountably expensive after factoring the investment dollars that can be redeployed from fossil fuel technology, a team of U.S. analysts concludes in a new analysis.

The Energy Transition Costs Less Than You Think

The global renewables buildout is not insurmountably expensive after factoring the investment dollars that can be redeployed from fossil fuel technology, a team of U.S. analysts concludes in a new analysis.

Hawai'i’s last remaining coal plant has been replaced by a cutting-edge grid-scale battery energy storage system, featuring an array of 158 lithium iron phosphate batteries made by Tesla.

Grid-Boosting Battery System Replaces Hawai’i’s Last Coal Plant

Hawai’i’s last remaining coal plant has been replaced by a cutting-edge grid-scale battery energy storage system, featuring an array of 158 lithium iron phosphate batteries made by Tesla.

Researchers at Carleton University in Ottawa are working to prototype an innovative, solar-driven heat storage system that could one day free remote communities in Northern Canada from reliance on costly and toxic diesel.

Solar-Driven Heating System Could Replace Diesel in Northern Communities

Researchers at Carleton University in Ottawa are working to prototype an innovative, solar-driven heat storage system that could one day free remote communities in Northern Canada from reliance on costly and toxic diesel.

Puerto Rico has begun using batteries connected to residents’ rooftop solar panels to provide backup power for its grid, helping prevent blackouts and offering an alternative to fossil fuel-burning peaker plants. It could be the first step toward building one of the largest virtual power plants of its kind.

Virtual Power Plant Builds Local Pride, Could Make Fossil-Fuelled Peakers Obsolete

Puerto Rico has begun using batteries connected to residents’ rooftop solar panels to provide backup power for its grid, helping prevent blackouts and offering an alternative to fossil fuel-burning peaker plants. It could be the first step toward building one of the largest virtual power plants of its kind.

Two gas-fired power plants going offline and a winter deep freeze were enough to trigger an emergency alert on the Alberta power grid last Friday and Saturday, prompting at least two provincial premiers to blame the shortfall on the wind and solar generation that eventually helped bring some relief to the system.

Alberta Premier Blames Renewables After Cold Snap, Idled Gas Plants Trigger Grid Emergency

Two gas-fired power plants going offline and a winter deep freeze were enough to trigger an emergency alert on the Alberta power grid last Friday and Saturday, prompting at least two provincial premiers to blame the shortfall on the wind and solar generation that eventually helped bring some relief to the system.

s power grids in the United States continue to add gas-fired power plants, a new report warns that the fossil fuel’s overstated claims of reliability make consumers vulnerable to widespread blackouts.

Gas Plants Have Reliability Problem In Extreme Weather, Scientists Warn

s power grids in the United States continue to add gas-fired power plants, a new report warns that the fossil fuel’s overstated claims of reliability make consumers vulnerable to widespread blackouts.

New York City—home to one of the densest populations and the densest power plant concentrations in the United States—has made progress retiring fossil-fuelled peaker plants, but 75% of them could still be online beyond a 2025 emissions deadline, say advocates, with the city’s most vulnerable people suffering as a result.

New York City Too Slow to Shutter Dirty Gas Peaker Plants: Advocates

New York City—home to one of the densest populations and the densest power plant concentrations in the United States—has made progress retiring fossil-fuelled peaker plants, but 75% of them could still be online beyond a 2025 emissions deadline, say advocates, with the city’s most vulnerable people suffering as a result.

Cities are increasingly using heat from wastewater as an energy source, seizing the opportunity to cut emissions and expenses.

Vancouver Homes Draw Clean Heat From Sewer Pipes

Cities are increasingly using heat from wastewater as an energy source, seizing the opportunity to cut emissions and expenses.

After a court sided with the Osage Nation to have an 84-turbine, 150-megawatt wind farm in Oklahoma removed for encroaching on its mineral rights, Italy-based Enel Energy is appealing the ruling, with dismantling costs looming at US$300 million.

U.S. Court Orders Wind Farm Dismantled to Protect Osage Mineral Rights

After a court sided with the Osage Nation to have an 84-turbine, 150-megawatt wind farm in Oklahoma removed for encroaching on its mineral rights, Italy-based Enel Energy is appealing the ruling, with dismantling costs looming at US$300 million.

San Antonio, Texas, is set to become one of the first cities in the United States to deploy the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)’s“direct pay” mechanism, using it to secure 13 megawatts of solar power that will offset about 11% of the electricity used for city operations.

‘Direct Pay’ Tax Mechanism Advances Major U.S. Solar Project

San Antonio, Texas, is set to become one of the first cities in the United States to deploy the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)’s“direct pay” mechanism, using it to secure 13 megawatts of solar power that will offset about 11% of the electricity used for city operations.

As mobile home owners fight rising housing costs, some of them have hit upon a solution that also helps in the fight against climate change: banding together and buying the land underneath their homes.

Mobile Home Co-ops Help Owners Battle Rising Housing Costs, Embrace Solar

As mobile home owners fight rising housing costs, some of them have hit upon a solution that also helps in the fight against climate change: banding together and buying the land underneath their homes.

The world is within reach of hitting the COP28 target of tripling global renewable energy capacity by 2030, but only if governments move swiftly to close the gap between their current good intentions and the policies and investments needed to get the job done, the International Energy Agency concludes in a new analysis this week.

Global Renewables Surge Brings 2030 Goal Within Reach

The world is within reach of hitting the COP28 target of tripling global renewable energy capacity by 2030, but only if governments move swiftly to close the gap between their current good intentions and the policies and investments needed to get the job done, the International Energy Agency concludes in a new analysis this week.

After a hard year for offshore wind, Pattern Energy recently closed financing for its SunZia Transmission and SunZia Wind developments in New Mexico, which together form the biggest clean energy infrastructure project in United States history.

Pattern Energy Closes $11B Financing for Biggest-Ever U.S. Green Infrastructure Project

After a hard year for offshore wind, Pattern Energy recently closed financing for its SunZia Transmission and SunZia Wind developments in New Mexico, which together form the biggest clean energy infrastructure project in United States history.

Defying scientific warnings and calls for a moratorium, Norway has become the first country to allow exploratory deep sea mining, raising questions about whether industry stakeholders can protect marine ecosystems even as they seek profitability.

Norway Defies Scientific Warnings With Seabed Mining First

Defying scientific warnings and calls for a moratorium, Norway has become the first country to allow exploratory deep sea mining, raising questions about whether industry stakeholders can protect marine ecosystems even as they seek profitability.

Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer Nio is bragging about a semi-solid state battery that can power a 1,044-kilometre road trip, after the company’s CEO demonstrated the product in a 14-hour livestream.

Chinese EV Maker Livestreams 1,000-km Trip on a Single Charge

Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer Nio is bragging about a semi-solid state battery that can power a 1,044-kilometre road trip, after the company’s CEO demonstrated the product in a 14-hour livestream.

Enbridge Gas is reopening its application for a 13-kilometre, C$123.7-million pipeline replacement project in Ottawa after the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) refused the project in May, 2022, even as the city moves ahead with plans to drastically reduce future demand for the natural gas the utility wants to sell.

Enbridge Gas Reopens Quest for Ottawa-Area Pipeline Replacement

Enbridge Gas is reopening its application for a 13-kilometre, C$123.7-million pipeline replacement project in Ottawa after the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) refused the project in May, 2022, even as the city moves ahead with plans to drastically reduce future demand for the natural gas the utility wants to sell.

As microgrids become more common across North America, advocates are calling for more emphasis on decentralized energy, while a recent reliability report warns of the larger grid’s susceptibility to widespread blackouts during winter weather.

Microgrids Help Ease Burden on Large, Vulnerable Grids, Advocates Say

As microgrids become more common across North America, advocates are calling for more emphasis on decentralized energy, while a recent reliability report warns of the larger grid’s susceptibility to widespread blackouts during winter weather.

As unprecedented drought in British Columbia diminishes hydropower output, utilities are urging their customers to reduce their electricity use this winter, even as they raise rates to cover the cost of importing power from outside the province.

B.C. Imports Power, Boosts Rates Amid ‘Extraordinary’ Year of Drought

As unprecedented drought in British Columbia diminishes hydropower output, utilities are urging their customers to reduce their electricity use this winter, even as they raise rates to cover the cost of importing power from outside the province.

The Canadian government’s “wartime effort” to speed up new home construction must incorporate net-zero or passive house building standards that “tackle both housing affordability and climate change in an integrated way,” Affordability Action Council members Cherise Burda and Brendan Haley write in an op ed published late last month in the Globe and Mail.

Ottawa’s Standardized Designs Must Deliver ‘Ultra-Efficient’, Resilient Homes, Analysts Say

The Canadian government’s “wartime effort” to speed up new home construction must incorporate net-zero or passive house building standards that “tackle both housing affordability and climate change in an integrated way,” Affordability Action Council members Cherise Burda and Brendan Haley write in an op ed published late last month in the Globe and Mail.

The first three panelized deep energy retrofits of single-family homes in North America have finished, and the results are conclusive, Retrofit Canada says—panelized retrofits can transform old houses into net-zero-ready buildings.

Energiesprong Retrofits Produce 70-80% Efficiency Gain in Three Edmonton Homes

The first three panelized deep energy retrofits of single-family homes in North America have finished, and the results are conclusive, Retrofit Canada says—panelized retrofits can transform old houses into net-zero-ready buildings.

UK Conservative Party whip Chris Skidmore, the former energy minister who signed the country’s 2050 net-zero, has resigned his House of Commons seat after the government of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak took steps to issue a new round of oil and gas leases in the North Sea.

Leading UK Conservative Quits Politics Over North Sea Oil and Gas Leases

UK Conservative Party whip Chris Skidmore, the former energy minister who signed the country’s 2050 net-zero, has resigned his House of Commons seat after the government of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak took steps to issue a new round of oil and gas leases in the North Sea.

Turbines at Prince Edward Island’s Hermanville wind farm may be at “high risk of imminent failure,” after two 56-metre blades snapped off one of the structures during high winds last month.

PEI Wind Farm Needs Major Repairs after Two Turbine Blades Snap Off

Turbines at Prince Edward Island’s Hermanville wind farm may be at “high risk of imminent failure,” after two 56-metre blades snapped off one of the structures during high winds last month.

After spending most of last year doling out big bucks for massive new electric vehicle battery plants, Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne says Canada is reaching the limits of its abundant renewable energy capacity, and making more electricity is going to be key to keeping the wins coming.

Canada Needs More Clean Power to Deliver on Green Industrial Strategy, Champagne Warns

After spending most of last year doling out big bucks for massive new electric vehicle battery plants, Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne says Canada is reaching the limits of its abundant renewable energy capacity, and making more electricity is going to be key to keeping the wins coming.

June 20, 2023: Global fossil fuel demand falls steeply, Canadian oil and gas producers are in for a major price squeeze, electricity use more than doubles to become the “cornerstone” of the country’s energy system, and oil sands producers face higher transition costs in the net-zero by 2050 scenarios released in mid-June by the Canada Energy Regulator (CER).

Steep Fall for Oil and Gas, Tough Times for Oil Sands as Canada Energy Regulator Mapped Net-Zero Future

June 20, 2023: Global fossil fuel demand falls steeply, Canadian oil and gas producers are in for a major price squeeze, electricity use more than doubles to become the “cornerstone” of the country’s energy system, and oil sands producers face higher transition costs in the net-zero by 2050 scenarios released in mid-June by the Canada Energy Regulator (CER).

July 7, 2023: Weeks after Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) triumphantly unveiled the biggest battery storage procurement in Canadian history, persistent questions remain about how much of that storage capacity will be powered by high-emitting natural gas, The Energy Mix reported in a mid-summer exclusive.

Big Batteries Likely Powered by High-Emitting Gas Under Ontario Grid Plan

July 7, 2023: Weeks after Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) triumphantly unveiled the biggest battery storage procurement in Canadian history, persistent questions remain about how much of that storage capacity will be powered by high-emitting natural gas, The Energy Mix reported in a mid-summer exclusive.

May 7, 2023: Sweden's early shift from fossil-fueled heating to electric heat pumps suggests a carrot-and-stick approach of incentives and regulation could help Canadians achieve the lowered costs and 95% drop in building heating emissions that Swedes have enjoyed since the 1990s.

95% LOWER EMISSIONS: Sweden’s Shift to Heat Pumps Holds Lessons for Canada

May 7, 2023: Sweden’s early shift from fossil-fueled heating to electric heat pumps suggests a carrot-and-stick approach of incentives and regulation could help Canadians achieve the lowered costs and 95% drop in building heating emissions that Swedes have enjoyed since the 1990s.

October 26, 2023: The federal government sweetened its incentives for lower-income households in Atlantic Canada that replace oil furnaces with heat pumps, while suspending the federal carbon price on home heating oil for three years to give people time to make the switch.

Ottawa Boosted Atlantic Heat Pump Incentive, Suspended Carbon Tax on Home Heating Oil

October 26, 2023: The federal government sweetened its incentives for lower-income households in Atlantic Canada that replace oil furnaces with heat pumps, while suspending the federal carbon price on home heating oil for three years to give people time to make the switch.

August 3, 2023: Alberta put a booming renewable energy industry at risk and set a double standard in the way it treats renewable and fossil fuel development, clean energy groups said in early August, after the province slapped a seven-month moratorium on new solar and wind projects over a megawatt in size.

Alberta Slapped 7-Month Moratorium on Solar and Wind, Put Booming Industry at Risk

August 3, 2023: Alberta put a booming renewable energy industry at risk and set a double standard in the way it treats renewable and fossil fuel development, clean energy groups said in early August, after the province slapped a seven-month moratorium on new solar and wind projects over a megawatt in size.

February 22, 2023: Edmonton and Toronto's bid to become “15-minute cities” faced pushback from fringe groups—putting them alongside Oxford, England, in a battle against climate denial, COVID-19 misinformation, and hard-right extremism.

Fringe Conspiracy Theories Target 15-Minute City Push in Edmonton, Toronto

February 22, 2023: Edmonton and Toronto’s bid to become “15-minute cities” faced pushback from fringe groups—putting them alongside Oxford, England, in a battle against climate denial, COVID-19 misinformation, and hard-right extremism.

Alberta’s moratorium last summer on new renewable energy projects was just supposed to be a pause, a breather for an overburdened regulator and concerned public to catch up with an industry growing beyond expectations.

Crucial ‘Stumble’ on Renewables Moratorium Could Cost Alberta ‘Forever’

Alberta’s moratorium last summer on new renewable energy projects was just supposed to be a pause, a breather for an overburdened regulator and concerned public to catch up with an industry growing beyond expectations.

As Alberta’s seven-month renewables moratorium nears its expiration in February, experts are hoping the agriculture and energy sectors can come together for agrivoltaics—with effective provincial regulation navigating competing land use priorities.

Agrivoltaics Can Win Alberta’s Land Use Competition, Experts Suggest

As Alberta’s seven-month renewables moratorium nears its expiration in February, experts are hoping the agriculture and energy sectors can come together for agrivoltaics—with effective provincial regulation navigating competing land use priorities.

World Energy GH2 faces a delay in selling product from its Newfoundland and Labrador wind-hydrogen project until European buyers develop the new infrastructure they'll need for the fuel, the company has announced.

Delays Spark Concern, Skepticism about Canada’s Green Hydrogen Future

World Energy GH2 faces a delay in selling product from its Newfoundland and Labrador wind-hydrogen project until European buyers develop the new infrastructure they’ll need for the fuel, the company has announced.

Canada could scale up its behind-the-meter solar market 20- to 40-fold and end up with rooftop or onsite panels on one-third of the country’s homes by mid-century, concludes a first-ever national market assessment commissioned by the Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA).

Canadian Rooftop Solar Could Grow 20- to 40-Fold by 2050, CanREA Study Finds

Canada could scale up its behind-the-meter solar market 20- to 40-fold and end up with rooftop or onsite panels on one-third of the country’s homes by mid-century, concludes a first-ever national market assessment commissioned by the Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA).

The biggest industrial push in generations in the United States is jump-starting the country’s renewable energy markets, but also setting up a new form of international competition as countries from Europe to Asia introduce policies of their own to keep pace.

U.S. Renewables Investment Sparks Competition from Europe to East Asia

The biggest industrial push in generations in the United States is jump-starting the country’s renewable energy markets, but also setting up a new form of international competition as countries from Europe to Asia introduce policies of their own to keep pace.

UN climate negotiations seemed certain to go into overtime Tuesday morning after the COP28 secretariat published a draft decision text that left out any clear timeline for phasing out fossil fuels and was dismissed as “unacceptable”, “incoherent”, “grossly insufficient”, and a “slap in the face” by angry, frustrated, and increasingly sleep-deprived delegates.

COP28 BETRAYAL: ‘We Will Not Sign Our Own Death Warrant’, Delegate Says, After Al Jaber Circulates ‘Unacceptable’ Declaration

UN climate negotiations seemed certain to go into overtime Tuesday morning after the COP28 secretariat published a draft decision text that left out any clear timeline for phasing out fossil fuels and was dismissed as “unacceptable”, “incoherent”, “grossly insufficient”, and a “slap in the face” by angry, frustrated, and increasingly sleep-deprived delegates.

The European Commission is planning to overhaul its 40-year-old power grid ahead of an expected 60% increase in electricity demand by 2030.

Europe Plans 64GW of New Grid Capacity in 7 Years

The European Commission is planning to overhaul its 40-year-old power grid ahead of an expected 60% increase in electricity demand by 2030.

The U.S. Inflation Reduction Act's tax credit transferability provision played a pivotal role in securing funding for a solar+storage project in California, demonstrating its effectiveness in supporting clean energy projects.

Tax Credit Transfers a ‘Major Step Forward’ in U.S. Energy Transition

The U.S. Inflation Reduction Act’s tax credit transferability provision played a pivotal role in securing funding for a solar+storage project in California, demonstrating its effectiveness in supporting clean energy projects.

A late November rule change by California’s utility regulator undermines the benefits of investing in rooftop solar+storage, dealing yet another blow to a renewables industry reeling from previous changes, industry spokespeople say.

California Regulator Whittles Away Benefits of Rooftop Solar

A late November rule change by California’s utility regulator undermines the benefits of investing in rooftop solar+storage, dealing yet another blow to a renewables industry reeling from previous changes, industry spokespeople say.

A next-generation geothermal plant backed by Google has started sending carbon-free electricity to the grid in Nevada, where the tech company operates some of its massive data centres.

Next-Gen Deep Geothermal Plant Starts Feeding Power to Google Data Centres

A next-generation geothermal plant backed by Google has started sending carbon-free electricity to the grid in Nevada, where the tech company operates some of its massive data centres.

A Swiss canton has installed vertical solar panels on a roadside retaining wall, contributing to its target of generating 40% of its electricity from renewables by 2035.

‘Delightfully Creative’ Roadside Panels Feed Power to Local Grid

A Swiss canton has installed vertical solar panels on a roadside retaining wall, contributing to its target of generating 40% of its electricity from renewables by 2035.

energy efficient home retrofit

Low Funding, Fewer Deep Retrofits Limit Gains from Canada Greener Homes Program

A survey of building retrofits under the Canada Greener Homes program says funding limits are holding homeowners back from more extensive energy efficiency improvements, just as national polling shows an overwhelming majority of Canadians looking for relief on their home heating bills.

Energy poverty makes the everyday challenges faced by refugees and displaced people—like earning a living, studying, or staying healthy—even tougher. Putting clean, affordable power in the hands of these communities is an enormous and urgent challenge.

Refugees Deliver Grassroot Solutions to Energy Poverty

Energy poverty makes the everyday challenges faced by refugees and displaced people—like earning a living, studying, or staying healthy—even tougher. Putting clean, affordable power in the hands of these communities is an enormous and urgent challenge.

More than 100 countries signed a global clean energy pledge, COP28 organizers touted an ambitious but voluntary methane reduction promise by oil and gas companies, and fossil fuel phaseout language faced steady opposition on the third day of United Nations climate talks in Dubai.

Renewables Pledge, Voluntary Methane Controls Lead Major Announcements at COP28

More than 100 countries signed a global clean energy pledge, COP28 organizers touted an ambitious but voluntary methane reduction promise by oil and gas companies, and fossil fuel phaseout language faced steady opposition on the third day of United Nations climate talks in Dubai.

The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) is on a path to net-zero emissions after launching a 4.86-megawatt solar farm that will power 1,200 homes and prevent 4,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

Alberta Métis Solar Farm Delivers 4.86 MW, Builds ‘Sovereignty and Self-Sufficiency’

The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) is on a path to net-zero emissions after launching a 4.86-megawatt solar farm that will power 1,200 homes and prevent 4,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

Tech giant Amazon is investing in its first Canadian wind farm.

Amazon Invests in 495-MW Alberta Wind Farm

Tech giant Amazon is investing in its first Canadian wind farm.

An imminent breakthrough in the mass production of solid-state batteries could significantly cut electric vehicle charging time and extend driving range, bringing the auto industry closer to overcoming major hurdles for widespread EV adoption.

Solid-State Battery Breakthrough Could Double EV Range

An imminent breakthrough in the mass production of solid-state batteries could significantly cut electric vehicle charging time and extend driving range, bringing the auto industry closer to overcoming major hurdles for widespread EV adoption.

Poor planning, funding shortages, and plans to build new critical mineral mines are imperilling Yukon’s plan to reduce emissions 45% by 2030, even as the territory’s climate leadership council maps out a pathway to success.

Yukon Falls Short on Renewables after Climate Council Maps Decarbonization Path

Poor planning, funding shortages, and plans to build new critical mineral mines are imperilling Yukon’s plan to reduce emissions 45% by 2030, even as the territory’s climate leadership council maps out a pathway to success.

Even as studies show waste from solar and wind power generation pales in comparison to coal, some companies have started upcycling discarded material from the first generation of wind turbines now being retired.

Solar, Wind Produce Far Less Waste than Coal

Even as studies show waste from solar and wind power generation pales in comparison to coal, some companies have started upcycling discarded material from the first generation of wind turbines now being retired.

Chinese multinational wind manufacturer Goldwind Science & Technology hit a new milestone last week when it installed a gigantic, 16-megawatt offshore turbine in just 24 hours.

‘Small Modular Power Plant’: Chinese Firm Installs 16-MW Wind Turbine in Just 24 Hours

Chinese multinational wind manufacturer Goldwind Science & Technology hit a new milestone last week when it installed a gigantic, 16-megawatt offshore turbine in just 24 hours.

Crews have installed what's billed as North America’s first wireless-charging public roadway for electric vehicles beneath a street just west of downtown Detroit.

North America’s First Wireless-Charging Roadway to ‘Unlock EV Adoption’

Crews have installed what’s billed as North America’s first wireless-charging public roadway for electric vehicles beneath a street just west of downtown Detroit.

When Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle five years ago, it left boats, cars, and trucks piled up to the windows of Bonny Paulson's home in the tiny coastal community of Mexico Beach, Florida, even though the house rests on pillars 14 feet above the ground. But Paulson's home, with a rounded shape that looks something like a ship, shrugged off Category 5 winds that might otherwise have collapsed it.

Storm-Resistant Housing Gains Foothold in U.S. Hurricane Zones

When Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle five years ago, it left boats, cars, and trucks piled up to the windows of Bonny Paulson’s home in the tiny coastal community of Mexico Beach, Florida, even though the house rests on pillars 14 feet above the ground. But Paulson’s home, with a rounded shape that looks something like a ship, shrugged off Category 5 winds that might otherwise have collapsed it.

As the climate crisis depletes already scarce water resources in West Africa and Southeast Asia, predatory investors, and an insatiable demand for hydroelectric power are becoming glaring threats, endangering lives, livelihoods, and the ecosystems that sustain local communities.

Water Profits, Shortages Imperil Communities Near Two Mighty Rivers

As the climate crisis depletes already scarce water resources in West Africa and Southeast Asia, predatory investors, and an insatiable demand for hydroelectric power are becoming glaring threats, endangering lives, livelihoods, and the ecosystems that sustain local communities.

There’s a 70% chance that 2024 will be the “crucial inflection point” when global climate pollution begins to fall—as long as clean technology growth trends continue and countries follow through on their pledges to cut methane emissions, a new report this week concludes.

70% Chance of Emissions Reduction in 2024 Marks ‘Crucial Inflection Point’, Analysts Say

There’s a 70% chance that 2024 will be the “crucial inflection point” when global climate pollution begins to fall—as long as clean technology growth trends continue and countries follow through on their pledges to cut methane emissions, a new report this week concludes.

An upcoming legislative proposal to define New Hampshire’s Seabrook nuclear station as clean energy risks undermining solar and wind in a state that is already falling behind other jurisdictions in renewable energy development, local climate and energy advocates are warning.

New Hampshire Nuclear Subsidy Could Eclipse Renewables, Clean Energy Advocates Warn

An upcoming legislative proposal to define New Hampshire’s Seabrook nuclear station as clean energy risks undermining solar and wind in a state that is already falling behind other jurisdictions in renewable energy development, local climate and energy advocates are warning.

Portugal produced more than enough renewable power to serve all its customers for six straight days, from October 31 to November 6, Canary Media reports.

Portugal Runs All-Renewable Grid for 6 Days Straight

Portugal produced more than enough renewable power to serve all its customers for six straight days, from October 31 to November 6, Canary Media reports.

In response to Canada's concurrent affordable housing and climate crises, policy experts and community leaders are uniting in a newly-established council to develop

Connect Climate Action to Affordable Housing, New Council Urges

In response to Canada’s concurrent affordable housing and climate crises, policy experts and community leaders are uniting in a newly-established council to develop “all-in” solutions that give Canadians better access to basic necessities.

One of the lead authors behind the latest National Climate Assessment for the United States has come away from the project with an unexpected reaction: hope.

‘We Can Do This’: U.S. Climate Assessment Is Dire, But Scientists Show the Way to Safety

One of the lead authors behind the latest National Climate Assessment for the United States has come away from the project with an unexpected reaction: hope.

Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is asking for more time and flexibility to implement the federal government’s proposed Clean Electricity Regulations (CER), in a submission that analysts say downplays the province’s renewable energy potential but is still a model for the way other jurisdictions could respond to the new rules.

Ontario Asks for More Time, Flexibility on Clean Electricity Regs

Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is asking for more time and flexibility to implement the federal government’s proposed Clean Electricity Regulations (CER), in a submission that analysts say downplays the province’s renewable energy potential but is still a model for the way other jurisdictions could respond to the new rules.

Utilities in the United States could save more than $100 billion per year in the effort to decarbonize the country’s power supply if their customers invest in efficient, grid-responsive buildings, concludes a report released earlier this year by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Brattle Group consultancy.

Decarbonized Grid Hinges on Energy-Efficient Buildings

Utilities in the United States could save more than $100 billion per year in the effort to decarbonize the country’s power supply if their customers invest in efficient, grid-responsive buildings, concludes a report released earlier this year by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Brattle Group consultancy.

In a turning point for Michigan, a state long associated with industry and fossil fuels, the state legislature passed a package of bills that aims to cut carbon emissions, requiring 100% of its electricity to come from clean sources by 2040.

Michigan Aims for 100% Clean Grid by 2040

In a turning point for Michigan, a state long associated with industry and fossil fuels, the state legislature passed a package of bills that aims to cut carbon emissions, requiring 100% of its electricity to come from clean sources by 2040.

The falling cost of renewable electricity and the price volatility of fossil fuels are two of the main factors prompting eight rural energy cooperatives in Colorado to step away from longstanding business relationships with their wholesale electricity providers.

8 Rural Power Co-ops Ditch Suppliers, Shift to Renewables

The falling cost of renewable electricity and the price volatility of fossil fuels are two of the main factors prompting eight rural energy cooperatives in Colorado to step away from longstanding business relationships with their wholesale electricity providers.

Utilities in the United States tend to frame rooftop and community solar as too pricey for consumers, but an expert witness recently acknowledged to Arizona regulators that utilities oppose rooftop solar because it cuts into their profits.

‘Saying the Quiet Part Out Loud’: Expert Accepts Profits Drive Utility Aversion to Rooftop Solar

Utilities in the United States tend to frame rooftop and community solar as too pricey for consumers, but an expert witness recently acknowledged to Arizona regulators that utilities oppose rooftop solar because it cuts into their profits.

A non-profit clean technology accelerator and innovation hub in Brooklyn is claiming an 88% success rate for the climate solution start-ups it supports, with an approach that stresses stepwise business development rather than a search for the next technological “unicorn”—and weeds out greenwash at an early stage.

NYC’s Non-Profit Cleantech Lab Boasts 88% Success Rate

A non-profit clean technology accelerator and innovation hub in Brooklyn is claiming an 88% success rate for the climate solution start-ups it supports, with an approach that stresses stepwise business development rather than a search for the next technological “unicorn”—and weeds out greenwash at an early stage.

Canada has all the technological tools it needs to decarbonize its building sector, but daunting challenges remain at the system level, said a panel of experts at a recent climate conference held in Ottawa.

Boost Building Efficiency to Meet Climate Goals, Experts Urge Canada

Canada has all the technological tools it needs to decarbonize its building sector, but daunting challenges remain at the system level, said a panel of experts at a recent climate conference held in Ottawa.

Canada’s first community-wide smart grid system is in the spotlight after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended the C$34-million facility’s official launch in Sault Ste. Marie last Friday.

Trudeau Applauds Canada’s First City-Wide Smart Grid

Canada’s first community-wide smart grid system is in the spotlight after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended the C$34-million facility’s official launch in Sault Ste. Marie last Friday.

China’s carbon dioxide emissions are poised to decline next year, thanks to a surge of clean energy investments that have exceeded targets, concludes a new analysis this week published by Carbon Brief.

China’s Emissions Will Begin to Decline in 2024

China’s carbon dioxide emissions are poised to decline next year, thanks to a surge of clean energy investments that have exceeded targets, concludes a new analysis this week published by Carbon Brief.

A trio of writers in Halifax is accusing Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s government of misinformation over its “freezing in the dark” propaganda campaign, just as two energy analysts declare one of Smith’s favourite fossil fuels, natural gas, a “dying commodity”.

NS Writers Scorch Alberta Govt ‘Snake Oil’ While Analysts Cite Gas as ‘Dying Commodity’

A trio of writers in Halifax is accusing Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s government of misinformation over its “freezing in the dark” propaganda campaign, just as two energy analysts declare one of Smith’s favourite fossil fuels, natural gas, a “dying commodity”.

Regional impacts of the low-carbon transition, as well as the overall pace of change and the scope of Ottawa’s investments in carbon capture and storage (CCS), emerged as key discussion points at a meeting of the Senate Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee earlier this month.

Senators Probe Pace of Energy Transition as Official Defends Controls on Fossil Emissions

Regional impacts of the low-carbon transition, as well as the overall pace of change and the scope of Ottawa’s investments in carbon capture and storage (CCS), emerged as key discussion points at a meeting of the Senate Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee earlier this month.

The federal government has failed to properly communicate the affordability and job benefits of its emissions reduction plans, but carbon pricing is still a key piece of the puzzle as Ottawa moves from broad strategy to the nitty gritty of implementation, two key cabinet ministers said yesterday, during a moderated discussion at the Canadian Climate Institute annual conference in Ottawa.

Ottawa Must Tell a Better Story on Climate Plan, Address ‘Nitty Gritty’ of Implementation, Ministers Say

The federal government has failed to properly communicate the affordability and job benefits of its emissions reduction plans, but carbon pricing is still a key piece of the puzzle as Ottawa moves from broad strategy to the nitty gritty of implementation, two key cabinet ministers said yesterday, during a moderated discussion at the Canadian Climate Institute annual conference in Ottawa.

Ontario is teeming with potential as a renewables market, while Southern Alberta will shine as a solar “hotbed,” says a solar project expert from PCL Solar, which in 2023 secured C$1.4 billion worth of new contracts across Canada, the United States, and Australia.

Solar Developer Names Ontario, Alberta as Top Renewables Hotspots

Ontario is teeming with potential as a renewables market, while Southern Alberta will shine as a solar “hotbed,” says a solar project expert from PCL Solar, which in 2023 secured C$1.4 billion worth of new contracts across Canada, the United States, and Australia.

As climate variability revises peak demand for heating and cooling in an electrified future, grid operators must plan ahead to guarantee reliability, say the authors of a new paper published in the journal Nature.

U.S. Study Shows Climate Impacts on Heating and Cooling Demand

As climate variability revises peak demand for heating and cooling in an electrified future, grid operators must plan ahead to guarantee reliability, say the authors of a new paper published in the journal Nature.

Alberta communities ought to be beneficiaries of a nearly C$300-million renewable energy windfall the provincial government has received, with the funds used to expand the industry and help low-income people pay power bills, says the province’s NDP Opposition.

Let Communities, Ratepayers Gain from $282M Renewables Windfall, Alberta NDP Says

Alberta communities ought to be beneficiaries of a nearly C$300-million renewable energy windfall the provincial government has received, with the funds used to expand the industry and help low-income people pay power bills, says the province’s NDP Opposition.

A non-partisan business group that advocates for clean energy estimates that 403,000 jobs will be created by the 210 major energy projects announced since the Inflation Reduction Act took effect in the United States in mid-2022.

U.S. Gains 400,000 Clean Energy Jobs Since 2022, E2 Estimates

A non-partisan business group that advocates for clean energy estimates that 403,000 jobs will be created by the 210 major energy projects announced since the Inflation Reduction Act took effect in the United States in mid-2022.

With the federal government laying plans for a new loan guarantee program to help Indigenous groups invest in major natural resource projects, the discussion appears to have sidestepped clean energy options that already account for more than 600 projects in communities across the country.

Ottawa Mulls Loan Guarantees for Indigenous Resource Projects, Sidesteps Clean Energy Options

With the federal government laying plans for a new loan guarantee program to help Indigenous groups invest in major natural resource projects, the discussion appears to have sidestepped clean energy options that already account for more than 600 projects in communities across the country.

Hydro-Québec is getting credit for opening a conversation about the province’s energy future, but not for presenting the most affordable path to net-zero emissions, as experts dig into the details of the 2035 action plan the provincial utility released last week.

Mixed Reviews for Quebec Net-Zero Plan as Experts Cite Demand Reduction Challenges

Hydro-Québec is getting credit for opening a conversation about the province’s energy future, but not for presenting the most affordable path to net-zero emissions, as experts dig into the details of the 2035 action plan the provincial utility released last week.

The shift off fossil fuels is here to stay, even as high interest rates create short-term headaches for renewable energy giants like Florida-based NextEra Energy, German wind turbine maker Siemens Energy, and Danish wind developer Ørsted A/S, a recent news analysis concludes.

Short-Term Headaches Won’t Stop Renewables Shift, Bloomberg Analyst Says

The shift off fossil fuels is here to stay, even as high interest rates create short-term headaches for renewable energy giants like Florida-based NextEra Energy, German wind turbine maker Siemens Energy, and Danish wind developer Ørsted A/S, a recent news analysis concludes.

Hydro-Québec will invest C$155 to $185 billion by 2035 and install 8,000 to 9,000 megawatts of new grid capacity, including 3,800 to 4,200 MW of new hydroelectric generation, under a new action plan released Thursday that pledges a decarbonized grid and a reliable, affordable power supply.

Up to $185B in Investment, 8 to 9 GW of New Capacity as Hydro-Québec Unveils 2035 Plan

Hydro-Québec will invest C$155 to $185 billion by 2035 and install 8,000 to 9,000 megawatts of new grid capacity, including 3,800 to 4,200 MW of new hydroelectric generation, under a new action plan released Thursday that pledges a decarbonized grid and a reliable, affordable power supply.

The offshore wind industry in the U.S. is running into severe headwinds due to rising construction costs and supply chain issues, just as a new report digs into Eastern Canada’s potential to capitalize on the technology.

Report Spotlights ‘Game-Changing’ Offshore Wind Potential in Canada as U.S. Projects Flail

The offshore wind industry in the U.S. is running into severe headwinds due to rising construction costs and supply chain issues, just as a new report digs into Eastern Canada’s potential to capitalize on the technology.

Two years after commissioning a smart microgrid in Lac-Mégantic, the town in Quebec’s Estrie region whose downtown was incinerated a decade ago by a runaway oil train, the federal government and Hydro-Québec are investing another C$3.7 million to make the project a model for other communities.

Lac-Mégantic Microgrid to Become Model for Local Communities

Two years after commissioning a smart microgrid in Lac-Mégantic, the town in Quebec’s Estrie region whose downtown was incinerated a decade ago by a runaway oil train, the federal government and Hydro-Québec are investing another C$3.7 million to make the project a model for other communities.

The efficiency gains of electrification can reduce energy demand by up to 40%, says data scientist and science communicator Hannah Ritchie, citing a journal paper that examines the shift from heat-producing fossil fuels to work-producing renewables.

Efficiency of Electrification Will Slash Energy Demand, Data Scientist Says

The efficiency gains of electrification can reduce energy demand by up to 40%, says data scientist and science communicator Hannah Ritchie, citing a journal paper that examines the shift from heat-producing fossil fuels to work-producing renewables.

As capacity markets offer up more incentives for electricity generators to invest in meeting future demand, regulatory schemes in Europe offer valuable lessons for evolving energy landscapes worldwide.

Energy Analysts Offer Fixes for Six Capacity Market Flaws

As capacity markets offer up more incentives for electricity generators to invest in meeting future demand, regulatory schemes in Europe offer valuable lessons for evolving energy landscapes worldwide.

A non-profit in Winooski, Vermont is recommending community-based approaches to customer engagement to connect energy efficiency programs with low-income and racialized households, after discovering that increased competition among service providers makes it harder for poorer households to get the clean energy advice they need.

Utilities Need Deep Engagement, Trusted Point of Contact to Deliver Energy Efficiency to Underserved Communities

A non-profit in Winooski, Vermont is recommending community-based approaches to customer engagement to connect energy efficiency programs with low-income and racialized households, after discovering that increased competition among service providers makes it harder for poorer households to get the clean energy advice they need.

As the United States injects hundreds of billions of dollars into clean energy through its signature climate law, known as the Inflation Reduction Act, criticism is growing louder about where, how, and whether new development should be allowed.

First-of-its-Kind Course Trains MIT Students as Clean Energy Project Mediators

As the United States injects hundreds of billions of dollars into clean energy through its signature climate law, known as the Inflation Reduction Act, criticism is growing louder about where, how, and whether new development should be allowed.

The Newfoundland and Labrador government has asked the company vying to build one of the country's first large-scale green hydrogen plants to provide more information about the project's impacts on the environment.

Nfld. Wants Closer Look at Local Impacts Before Approving Green Hydrogen Project

The Newfoundland and Labrador government has asked the company vying to build one of the country’s first large-scale green hydrogen plants to provide more information about the project’s impacts on the environment.

After a temporary but still dramatic climbdown on its signature carbon pricing policy, the Trudeau government is taking heat from multiple directions, with carbon pricing opponents demanding further concessions but other voices calling on Ottawa to double down on energy efficiency as the surest route to lower heating bills for the households in greatest need of relief.

Federal Carbon Price Draws Fire as Calls Build for Low-Income Energy Efficiency Plan

After a temporary but still dramatic climbdown on its signature carbon pricing policy, the Trudeau government is taking heat from multiple directions, with carbon pricing opponents demanding further concessions but other voices calling on Ottawa to double down on energy efficiency as the surest route to lower heating bills for the households in greatest need of relief.

A provincial climate summit in Calgary last week dove deep into what it will take to decarbonize the Alberta grid by 2035, while shining a light on the provincial policy gaps that are standing in the way.

Climate Summit Spotlights Disconnects in Alberta Energy Policy

A provincial climate summit in Calgary last week dove deep into what it will take to decarbonize the Alberta grid by 2035, while shining a light on the provincial policy gaps that are standing in the way.

The federal government is sweetening its incentives for lower-income households in Atlantic Canada that replace oil furnaces with heat pumps, while suspending the federal carbon price on home heating oil for three years to give people time to make the switch.

Ottawa Boosts Atlantic Heat Pump Incentive, Suspends Carbon Tax on Home Heating Oil

The federal government is sweetening its incentives for lower-income households in Atlantic Canada that replace oil furnaces with heat pumps, while suspending the federal carbon price on home heating oil for three years to give people time to make the switch.

hey call themselves the “Dahn lab” graduates, and they're powering an unlikely, Halifax-based research hub for batteries designed to replace fossil fuels.

‘War on Climate Change’ Powers Halifax Battery Research Hub

hey call themselves the “Dahn lab” graduates, and they’re powering an unlikely, Halifax-based research hub for batteries designed to replace fossil fuels.

Maine residents are set to vote in November on whether the state should replace two investor-owned utilities with a new non-profit power company—with wide-reaching implications for consumer electricity bills and Maine’s climate fight.

Maine’s Climate Progress at Stake in Contentious Utility Takeover Vote

Maine residents are set to vote in November on whether the state should replace two investor-owned utilities with a new non-profit power company—with wide-reaching implications for consumer electricity bills and Maine’s climate fight.

Insulation, air sealing, heat pump water heaters, HVAC duct work, and upgraded heating and cooling appliances will be available to North Carolina households on a pay-as-you-go basis under a new “tariffed on-bill” energy efficiency program introduced by Duke Energy, believed to be the first of its kind for an investor-owned utility in the United States.

Monthly Payments Take Up-Front Costs Out of Home Energy Efficiency Improvements

Insulation, air sealing, heat pump water heaters, HVAC duct work, and upgraded heating and cooling appliances will be available to North Carolina households on a pay-as-you-go basis under a new “tariffed on-bill” energy efficiency program introduced by Duke Energy, believed to be the first of its kind for an investor-owned utility in the United States.

With water and wastewater systems accounting for at least 30% of public water consumption, and with about a quarter of all water in the built environment wasted, the role of water in the energy transition needs more attention.

District Energy Conserves Water, Cuts Emissions on Both Sides of the Great Lakes

With water and wastewater systems accounting for at least 30% of public water consumption, and with about a quarter of all water in the built environment wasted, the role of water in the energy transition needs more attention.

Montreal has introduced a ban on gas connections in smaller new buildings that will only eliminate 400 tonnes of climate pollution per year, but is meant to set the direction for bigger savings.

Montreal Gas Plan Delivers Small Savings, Aims for Bigger Momentum

Montreal has introduced a ban on gas connections in smaller new buildings that will only eliminate 400 tonnes of climate pollution per year, but is meant to set the direction for bigger savings.

A Vancouver organization with a 70-year history of delivering affordable housing for people who need it is renovating two decades-old seniors housing buildings to the Passive House energy efficiency standard, thanks in part to a C$10-million grant from the Green Municipal Fund (GMF).

Seniors Affordable Housing Retrofit Cuts Energy by 50%, Emissions by 93%

A Vancouver organization with a 70-year history of delivering affordable housing for people who need it is renovating two decades-old seniors housing buildings to the Passive House energy efficiency standard, thanks in part to a C$10-million grant from the Green Municipal Fund (GMF).

The phenomenal rise of clean energy technologies like solar, wind, electric vehicles, and heat pumps is reshaping the global energy system, but not fast enough to prevent a future of 2.4°C average global warming, the International Energy Agency concludes this morning in the 2023 edition of its annual World Energy Outlook (WEO).

‘Phenomenal’ Renewables Growth Still Allows Too Much Fossil Demand, 2.4°C Future: IEA

The phenomenal rise of clean energy technologies like solar, wind, electric vehicles, and heat pumps is reshaping the global energy system, but not fast enough to prevent a future of 2.4°C average global warming, the International Energy Agency concludes this morning in the 2023 edition of its annual World Energy Outlook (WEO).

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Get Serious About Cleantech Investment, Expert Urges Canada

While the United States rolls out hundreds of billions of dollars in clean energy funding through the Inflation Reduction Act, Canada’s initiatives are a mess, says climate and energy analyst Chris Bataille.

A respected advisory group of scientists and doctors in the United States has compiled more than 80 recommendations to accelerate the “essential and possible” task of decarbonizing the entire country by 2050.

U.S. Can Hit Net-Zero by 2050, Science Academy Concludes

A respected advisory group of scientists and doctors in the United States has compiled more than 80 recommendations to accelerate the “essential and possible” task of decarbonizing the entire country by 2050.

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Double Grid Investment or Emit 58B Extra Tonnes of CO2, IEA Warns Utilities

The world’s electricity systems could dump an extra 58 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere between 2030 and 2050 unless countries double their grid renewal investments to more than US$600 billion per year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) concludes in a special report issued this week.

Albertans need more facts and less fearmongering about the federal governments new Clean Electricity Regulations, and certainly not the “scary new marketing campaign” the provincial government has rolled out to oppose the new rules, two senior energy analysts write in an op ed for the Edmonton Journal.

Albertans Need ‘Facts, not Fearmongering’ on Ottawa’s New Clean Power Rules: Op Ed

Albertans need more facts and less fearmongering about the federal governments new Clean Electricity Regulations, and certainly not the “scary new marketing campaign” the provincial government has rolled out to oppose the new rules, two senior energy analysts write in an op ed for the Edmonton Journal.

Half of the world’s economies are already five years past a peak in fossil-fuelled power generation, with the majority of that output displaced by clean electricity, concludes a new analysis released this morning by London, UK-based energy think tank Ember.

Half the World is 5 Years Past Peak Fossil Power, Analysis Finds

Half of the world’s economies are already five years past a peak in fossil-fuelled power generation, with the majority of that output displaced by clean electricity, concludes a new analysis released this morning by London, UK-based energy think tank Ember.

A San Francisco company is building elegant mobile microgrids that deliver renewable power anywhere it’s needed. And they double as art installations.

Mobile Microgrid Builder Makes Renewable Power Beautiful

A San Francisco company is building elegant mobile microgrids that deliver renewable power anywhere it’s needed. And they double as art installations.

The toxic waste from photovoltaic solar modules that could accumulate through 2050 is a “drop in the ocean” compared to the cumulative volume of municipal waste, coal ash, and plastic waste, yet concern about those life cycle impacts is still slowing down solar adoption, a team of five authors warns in a commentary for the journal Nature Physics.

PV Waste a ‘Drop in the Ocean’ Compared to Toxic Coal Ash, Oily Sludge

The toxic waste from photovoltaic solar modules that could accumulate through 2050 is a “drop in the ocean” compared to the cumulative volume of municipal waste, coal ash, and plastic waste, yet concern about those life cycle impacts is still slowing down solar adoption, a team of five authors warns in a commentary for the journal Nature Physics.

Nova Scotia is opting for wind, solar, and battery storage over the proposed Atlantic Loop transmission megaproject as part of its plan to eliminate coal-fired electricity by 2030.

Nova Scotia Picks Wind, Solar, Storage Over Atlantic Loop

Nova Scotia is opting for wind, solar, and battery storage over the proposed Atlantic Loop transmission megaproject as part of its plan to eliminate coal-fired electricity by 2030.

“Every economic decision will be impacted by energy prices and our climate,” European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde declared earlier this month.

Central Bankers Fear Energy, Inflation Shocks in Chaotic Climate Transition

“Every economic decision will be impacted by energy prices and our climate,” European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde declared earlier this month.

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Vermont ‘Un-Utility’ Offers Storage Batteries for All After Record Storms

Vermont power utility Green Mountain Power (GMP) is responding to a recent spate of severe storms by offering battery storage to every household it serves.

A recent infusion of energy retrofit funding is promising substantial benefits for Calgary, Edmonton, and Hamilton.

Home Energy Efficiency Gets Funding Boost in Three Canadian Cities

A recent infusion of energy retrofit funding is promising substantial benefits for Calgary, Edmonton, and Hamilton.

The skills gap in the green economy will rise to seven million workers by 2030, risking a slowdown in the energy transition that could imperil a 1.5°C climate stabilization target, warn researchers at the Boston Consulting Group.

Global Green Worker Shortfall to Hit 7 Million by 2030, Study Warns

The skills gap in the green economy will rise to seven million workers by 2030, risking a slowdown in the energy transition that could imperil a 1.5°C climate stabilization target, warn researchers at the Boston Consulting Group.

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Europe Launches World’s First Carbon Border Adjustment Rule

The European Union has begun rolling out its Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), a world first that will eventually translate into a levy on imports in emissions-intensive industries like electricity, steel, cement, aluminum, and fertilizer.

Community-led renewable energy co-ops can play an essential role in getting climate pollution under control by helping Canadians actively participate in the energy transition and benefit economically, concludes a new post for Policy Options.

Scaling Up Renewable Energy Co-Operatives Can Help Energize Canada

Community-led renewable energy co-ops can play an essential role in getting climate pollution under control by helping Canadians actively participate in the energy transition and benefit economically, concludes a new post for Policy Options.

Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera, California is retiring its diesel generators in favour of a solar microgrid with long-duration energy storage, in a bid to clean up its electricity supply while ensuring a reliable, uninterrupted flow of power.

California Children’s Hospital Replaces Diesel Plant with Solar+Storage Microgrid

Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera, California is retiring its diesel generators in favour of a solar microgrid with long-duration energy storage, in a bid to clean up its electricity supply while ensuring a reliable, uninterrupted flow of power.

Standard climate scenarios are underestimating the uptake of renewable energy technologies and overestimating the cost of the net-zero transition, according to a new paper in the journal Energy Research & Social Science.

Leading Climate Models Underestimate Clean Energy Progress, Overstate Cost, Study Finds

Standard climate scenarios are underestimating the uptake of renewable energy technologies and overestimating the cost of the net-zero transition, according to a new paper in the journal Energy Research & Social Science.

The ongoing affordability crisis has brought into sharp focus the need for fairness and justice when it comes to the economic and societal transformations required to achieve climate goals, writes Rachel Samson, vice president of research at the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP).

Put Lower-Income Households First in Line for Low-Carbon Technologies: Samson

The ongoing affordability crisis has brought into sharp focus the need for fairness and justice when it comes to the economic and societal transformations required to achieve climate goals, writes Rachel Samson, vice president of research at the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP).

Fossil fuel demand falls 25% by 2030, fossil sector methane emissions drop by three-quarters, energy efficiency adoption doubles, global renewable energy capacity triples, and annual clean energy investment rises from US$1.8 trillion in 2023 to $4.5 trillion by the early 2030s in the latest net-zero roadmap published this morning by the International Energy Agency.

Fossil Fuels Fall 25% by 2030, Renewables ‘Keep the Path Open’ in IEA Net-Zero Update

Fossil fuel demand falls 25% by 2030, fossil sector methane emissions drop by three-quarters, energy efficiency adoption doubles, global renewable energy capacity triples, and annual clean energy investment rises from US$1.8 trillion in 2023 to $4.5 trillion by the early 2030s in the latest net-zero roadmap published this morning by the International Energy Agency.

The United States could cut power system costs by $10 billion per year and cover 10 to 20% of its peak electricity demand by replacing “peaker” generating stations with virtual power plants, the U.S. Department of Energy concludes in a report issued last week.

Virtual Power Plants Could Cut Peak Demand 20%, Save U.S. Grid $10B Per Year

The United States could cut power system costs by $10 billion per year and cover 10 to 20% of its peak electricity demand by replacing “peaker” generating stations with virtual power plants, the U.S. Department of Energy concludes in a report issued last week.

Arizona kept the lights on through a summer of crushing heat, thanks to widespread buy-in to smart thermostat programs that prompted customers to turn down their air conditioners when the grid was stressed.

Smart Thermostats Boost Grid Stability Amid Intense Heat

Arizona kept the lights on through a summer of crushing heat, thanks to widespread buy-in to smart thermostat programs that prompted customers to turn down their air conditioners when the grid was stressed.

Agrivoltaics produce renewable electricity while creating a beneficial micro-climate for farm crops. In a post for The Conversation, Joshua M. Pearce raises the question: What’s not to like?

Agrivoltaics a Win-Win for Farmers, Communities, Solar Developers, and Alberta’s UCP

Agrivoltaics produce renewable electricity while creating a beneficial micro-climate for farm crops. In a post for The Conversation, Joshua M. Pearce raises the question: What’s not to like?

It was “everyone against the utilities” in California earlier this month as the push to secure a new payment structure for community solar entered its final stretch, carrying the potential to make the state a sector leader while reducing energy poverty and climate emissions.

Californians Fight for New Community Solar Plan

It was “everyone against the utilities” in California earlier this month as the push to secure a new payment structure for community solar entered its final stretch, carrying the potential to make the state a sector leader while reducing energy poverty and climate emissions.

Global oil and gas demand will start to fall before 2030, marking the “beginning of the end” of the fossil fuel era, the International Energy Agency (IEA) declared last week, in an op ed penned by Executive Director Fatih Birol.

‘Beginning of the End’ for Oil and Gas as IEA Predicts Pre-2030 Peak

Global oil and gas demand will start to fall before 2030, marking the “beginning of the end” of the fossil fuel era, the International Energy Agency (IEA) declared last week, in an op ed penned by Executive Director Fatih Birol.

Canadian homes and businesses must start generating their own power with solar panels and battery storage—essentially moving part of their power generation off the grid—to help the country hit a 2050 net-zero target, suggests an authority on energy efficiency solutions.

Net-Zero Depends on Household Power Production, Energy Exec Argues

Canadian homes and businesses must start generating their own power with solar panels and battery storage—essentially moving part of their power generation off the grid—to help the country hit a 2050 net-zero target, suggests an authority on energy efficiency solutions.

A year after pavements in a treeless north Los Angeles neighbourhood were coated with solar-reflective paint, air temperatures are up to 1.9°C lower, making the area’s increasingly hot summers a touch more bearable.

Solar-Reflective Pavement Cuts Air Temperature in LA Neighbourhood

A year after pavements in a treeless north Los Angeles neighbourhood were coated with solar-reflective paint, air temperatures are up to 1.9°C lower, making the area’s increasingly hot summers a touch more bearable.

Group of 20 leaders agreed Saturday to triple renewable energy deployment and try to increase funding to address climate change-related disasters, but maintained the status quo on phasing out carbon spewing coal.

G20 Agrees to Triple Renewables, ‘Sidesteps’ Fossil Phaseout

Group of 20 leaders agreed Saturday to triple renewable energy deployment and try to increase funding to address climate change-related disasters, but maintained the status quo on phasing out carbon spewing coal.

Electric heat pumps out-perform fossil fuel and baseboard electric heating at winter temperatures as low as -10°C, and according to some data as low as -30°C, concludes a research commentary published this week in the journal Joule.

Heat Pumps Cut Costs, Decarbonize Buildings, Even on Coldest Days

Electric heat pumps out-perform fossil fuel and baseboard electric heating at winter temperatures as low as -10°C, and according to some data as low as -30°C, concludes a research commentary published this week in the journal Joule.

Often overshadowed by other renewables like solar and wind, geothermal energy is “having a moment” in the United States, thanks to the adoption of drilling technologies from the oil and gas industry.

Geothermal Companies Seek Limitless Energy With Oil and Gas Drilling Technologies

Often overshadowed by other renewables like solar and wind, geothermal energy is “having a moment” in the United States, thanks to the adoption of drilling technologies from the oil and gas industry.

Carbon capture and storage may have an important role to play in hard-to-decarbonize sectors like iron and steel, but won’t pay off for oil and gas companies without continuing government subsidies, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) concludes in an analysis released this week.

CCS Can’t Compete with Renewables, Won’t Deliver by 2030, Report Finds

Carbon capture and storage may have an important role to play in hard-to-decarbonize sectors like iron and steel, but won’t pay off for oil and gas companies without continuing government subsidies, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) concludes in an analysis released this week.

Some rural communities in Alberta are pushing back against the provincial government's seven-month pause on approvals of new renewable energy projects, as hundreds of letters from individuals, companies, municipalities, Indigenous communities and industry groups show a growing backlash to the measure.

‘I’ve Been Ghosted,’ Rural Mayor Says, as Alberta Towns Push Back on Renewables Moratorium

Some rural communities in Alberta are pushing back against the provincial government’s seven-month pause on approvals of new renewable energy projects, as hundreds of letters from individuals, companies, municipalities, Indigenous communities and industry groups show a growing backlash to the measure.

The City of Nanaimo, British Columbia is banning natural gas as the primary heating source in new homes beginning in July, 2024, six years ahead of the provincial target.

Nanaimo Bans Gas Heating in New Homes Beginning in 2024

The City of Nanaimo, British Columbia is banning natural gas as the primary heating source in new homes beginning in July, 2024, six years ahead of the provincial target.

Newfoundland and Labrador has invited four companies to seek permits to develop wind-hydrogen facilities on Crown land, a move that marks another big milestone since the province lifted a 15-year wind development ban this spring—and supports its ambitions to export green fuel globally.

Newfoundland and Labrador Offers Permits for 4 Wind-Hydrogen Projects

Newfoundland and Labrador has invited four companies to seek permits to develop wind-hydrogen facilities on Crown land, a move that marks another big milestone since the province lifted a 15-year wind development ban this spring—and supports its ambitions to export green fuel globally.

Canadian households could cut their energy bills by $10.4 billion and reduce climate pollution from home heating by 19.6 million tonnes by 2035 by using heat pumps for cooling rather than air conditioners, a new report concludes.

Canadians Could Save $10.4B, Cut Climate Pollution by Replacing Central Air with Heat Pumps

Canadian households could cut their energy bills by $10.4 billion and reduce climate pollution from home heating by 19.6 million tonnes by 2035 by using heat pumps for cooling rather than air conditioners, a new report concludes.

It’s time for decision-makers in places like Ontario to get visionary and rethink our top-down grid from the bottom up, write Ottawa Climate Action Fund Executive Director Steve Winkelman and The Energy Mix Publisher Mitchell Beer, in a post for Corporate Knights.

Put Energy Efficiency, Renewables First in Grid Transformation, Analysts Urge Ontario

It’s time for decision-makers in places like Ontario to get visionary and rethink our top-down grid from the bottom up, write Ottawa Climate Action Fund Executive Director Steve Winkelman and The Energy Mix Publisher Mitchell Beer, in a post for Corporate Knights.

The steaming hot city of Seville, Spain is turning to an ancient form of architecture to protect citizens from the modern extreme heat brought on by climate change.

Seville Turns to 1,000-Year-Old Technology to Cool Public Spaces

The steaming hot city of Seville, Spain is turning to an ancient form of architecture to protect citizens from the modern extreme heat brought on by climate change.

They swore it couldn’t be done, but now New York City’s biggest buildings are finding ways to comply with the city’s groundbreaking emission reduction standard, Local Law 97—even after real estate groups complained the target was too tough.

‘Simple Fixes’ Deliver Solid Emission Cuts as NYC Climate Law Targets Biggest Buildings

They swore it couldn’t be done, but now New York City’s biggest buildings are finding ways to comply with the city’s groundbreaking emission reduction standard, Local Law 97—even after real estate groups complained the target was too tough.

Electric car sales are projected to more than double globally by 2026, but experts say eliminating road transport emissions by 2050 will mean throttling up efforts to decarbonize road freight and bringing an “all hands on deck” approach to support the transition away from gasoline.

Slow Progress on Freight Could Undercut Shift to Clean Transport, Experts Warn

Electric car sales are projected to more than double globally by 2026, but experts say eliminating road transport emissions by 2050 will mean throttling up efforts to decarbonize road freight and bringing an “all hands on deck” approach to support the transition away from gasoline.

Alberta’s seven-month moratorium on renewable energy development could affect up to 118 projects worth C$33 billion, putting a damper on 24,000 jobs and $263 million in revenue to 27 local municipalities, the Calgary-based Pembina Institute reported Thursday.

Alberta Renewables Moratorium Hits 118 Projects Worth $33B, Affects 24,000 Jobs

Alberta’s seven-month moratorium on renewable energy development could affect up to 118 projects worth C$33 billion, putting a damper on 24,000 jobs and $263 million in revenue to 27 local municipalities, the Calgary-based Pembina Institute reported Thursday.

While recent data on renewable energy deployment point to a new era when “a trillion dollars of investment is the floor, not the ceiling,” those numbers only track a fraction of the accelerating effort to bring decarbonization technologies into the mainstream, BloombergNEF senior contributor Nat Bullard writes in a recent opinion piece.

Clean Energy Revenue Hits $2.56 Trillion in 2022: BloombergNEF

While recent data on renewable energy deployment point to a new era when “a trillion dollars of investment is the floor, not the ceiling,” those numbers only track a fraction of the accelerating effort to bring decarbonization technologies into the mainstream, BloombergNEF senior contributor Nat Bullard writes in a recent opinion piece.

Occidental Petroleum’s purchase of a Canadian direct air capture (DAC) company for US$1.1 billion will enable it to profit from tackling climate change while continuing to extract oil and gas for 60 or more years into the future, says CEO Vicki Hollub.

Occidental Seeks ‘60, 70, 80 Years’ of Oil Extraction with Carbon Engineering Buyout

Occidental Petroleum’s purchase of a Canadian direct air capture (DAC) company for US$1.1 billion will enable it to profit from tackling climate change while continuing to extract oil and gas for 60 or more years into the future, says CEO Vicki Hollub.

With electricity grids increasingly at risk in the more frequent, severe storms and heatwaves brought on by climate change, and Hawaiian Electric the latest utility accused of being too slow to shut down power lines ahead of a devastating wildfire, electric vehicles and microgrids are emerging as go-to options to deliver the energy households need in an emergency.

EV Batteries, Microgrids Supply Neighbourhood Power When Utility Systems Fail

With electricity grids increasingly at risk in the more frequent, severe storms and heatwaves brought on by climate change, and Hawaiian Electric the latest utility accused of being too slow to shut down power lines ahead of a devastating wildfire, electric vehicles and microgrids are emerging as go-to options to deliver the energy households need in an emergency.

Ford Motor Co. and two South Korean companies have announced a new C$1.2-billion battery cathode factory in Bécancour, Quebec, supported by $644 million in loans from the federal and Quebec governments.

New Battery Cathode Plant in Bécancour, QC to Create 345 Jobs

Ford Motor Co. and two South Korean companies have announced a new C$1.2-billion battery cathode factory in Bécancour, Quebec, supported by $644 million in loans from the federal and Quebec governments.

The shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy is surging faster than policy-makers imagined and energy transition advocates dreamed, several news reports say, with China, the United States, and the European Union leading the way.

‘Turbocharged’ Renewables Transition ‘Moving Faster than People Think’

The shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy is surging faster than policy-makers imagined and energy transition advocates dreamed, several news reports say, with China, the United States, and the European Union leading the way.

In northern Alberta, a former rig worker finds newfound pride in embracing renewables, spurred by uncertain oil industry prospects and supported by retraining opportunities.

Rigs to Renewables: One Oil Worker’s Career Transition

In northern Alberta, a former rig worker finds newfound pride in embracing renewables, spurred by uncertain oil industry prospects and supported by retraining opportunities.

As municipal zoning rules limit space for solar and wind projects, finding less disruptive locations with the aid of environmental and social data may become key to balancing renewable energy growth with local needs.

Local Buffer Zones Could Cut U.S. Renewables Potential by 42%

As municipal zoning rules limit space for solar and wind projects, finding less disruptive locations with the aid of environmental and social data may become key to balancing renewable energy growth with local needs.

In pursuit of ambitious emission reduction targets, cities across Canada and the United States are offering residents and businesses low-interest loans to cover the upfront costs of energy efficiency upgrades like heat pumps, solar panels, and insulation.

Low-Interest PACE Loans Make Home Energy Retrofits a ‘No Brainer’

In pursuit of ambitious emission reduction targets, cities across Canada and the United States are offering residents and businesses low-interest loans to cover the upfront costs of energy efficiency upgrades like heat pumps, solar panels, and insulation.

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Billions in Green Tax Credits Will Hinge on Provincial Buy-In on Net-Zero Grid

The federal government is to tie billions of dollars in tax credits and grants for provincial electricity projects to progress toward Ottawa’s target for an emissions-free electricity grid by 2035.

While Alberta renewable energy producers warn of billions in lost investments, and a veteran oil and gas writer suggests “political intrigue” behind the decision, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith has come up with a novel way to blame Ottawa after her government slapped a seven-month moratorium on new wind and solar projects over a megawatt in size.

Renewables to Lose Billions, Oil Writer Sees ‘Political Intrigue’ as Smith Blames Ottawa for Moratorium

While Alberta renewable energy producers warn of billions in lost investments, and a veteran oil and gas writer suggests “political intrigue” behind the decision, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith has come up with a novel way to blame Ottawa after her government slapped a seven-month moratorium on new wind and solar projects over a megawatt in size.

Though the solar industry is moving to distance itself from human rights abuses in China’s Uyghur region, experts are warning that supply chains still include products from the area, as companies become increasingly opaque about their sourcing.

Solar Firms Less Transparent about Panels from China’s Uyghur Region

Though the solar industry is moving to distance itself from human rights abuses in China’s Uyghur region, experts are warning that supply chains still include products from the area, as companies become increasingly opaque about their sourcing.

Proponents of Passive House, a globally recognized standard for energy-efficient building design, say multi-family Passive House projects in the United States have hit cost parity with conventionally designed buildings, but systemic inertia is holding back widespread adoption.

Building Sector ‘Inertia’ Impedes Multi-Family Passive House Projects

Proponents of Passive House, a globally recognized standard for energy-efficient building design, say multi-family Passive House projects in the United States have hit cost parity with conventionally designed buildings, but systemic inertia is holding back widespread adoption.

When a growing population and a surge in electric vehicle uptake signalled potential strain on the grid of a small town in Aotearoa (New Zealand), the regional utility embarked on an experiment with a smart grid software product to hold off costly hardware updates—with promising results.

Distributed Energy Helps Grids Balance EV Charging

When a growing population and a surge in electric vehicle uptake signalled potential strain on the grid of a small town in Aotearoa (New Zealand), the regional utility embarked on an experiment with a smart grid software product to hold off costly hardware updates—with promising results.

Alberta is putting a booming renewable energy industry at risk and setting a double standard in the way it treats renewable and fossil fuel development, clean energy groups said today, after the province slapped a seven-month moratorium on new solar and wind projects over a megawatt in size.

Alberta Slaps 7-Month Moratorium on Solar and Wind, Puts Booming Industry at Risk

Alberta is putting a booming renewable energy industry at risk and setting a double standard in the way it treats renewable and fossil fuel development, clean energy groups said today, after the province slapped a seven-month moratorium on new solar and wind projects over a megawatt in size.

Germany has its sights set on producing vast amounts of renewable energy, and that activity is already creating more jobs than there are people to fill them, writes Iron & Earth Executive Director Luisa Da Silva. Canada is looking to add 419,000 jobs by 2050.

Germany’s Green Jobs Transition Holds Lessons for Canada

Germany has its sights set on producing vast amounts of renewable energy, and that activity is already creating more jobs than there are people to fill them, writes Iron & Earth Executive Director Luisa Da Silva. Canada is looking to add 419,000 jobs by 2050.

Across North America and beyond, the nuclear industry is touting small modular reactors as a climate solution. But they’re likely to be just as prone to delays and cost overruns as their behemoth predecessors, Berlin-based energy and climate journalist Paul Hockenos writes for Undark.

‘Hail Mary’ on Small Modular Reactors Unlikely to Succeed

Across North America and beyond, the nuclear industry is touting small modular reactors as a climate solution. But they’re likely to be just as prone to delays and cost overruns as their behemoth predecessors, Berlin-based energy and climate journalist Paul Hockenos writes for Undark.

Even as U.S. consumers increasingly embrace electric vehicles and heat pumps, supply chain bottlenecks may arise from established networks of fossil car dealers and HVAC installers who are still heavily invested in legacy technologies.

Reluctant U.S. Car Dealers, HVAC Installers Could Slow Electrification

Even as U.S. consumers increasingly embrace electric vehicles and heat pumps, supply chain bottlenecks may arise from established networks of fossil car dealers and HVAC installers who are still heavily invested in legacy technologies.

Calgary municipal utility Enmax is dipping its toe into state politics in Maine after its subsidiary, Versant Power, became embroiled in a citizen referendum coming up in November.

Calgary Utility Enmax Enters Referendum Battle in U.S. State of Maine

Calgary municipal utility Enmax is dipping its toe into state politics in Maine after its subsidiary, Versant Power, became embroiled in a citizen referendum coming up in November.

Cost- and energy-saving solar microgrids are coming to eight public buildings in San Diego—with a substantial boost from Shell New Energies, a subsidiary of the British oil giant.

Eight Solar Microgrids in San Diego to Deliver Clean Energy, Local Resilience

Cost- and energy-saving solar microgrids are coming to eight public buildings in San Diego—with a substantial boost from Shell New Energies, a subsidiary of the British oil giant.

A new analysis has concluded that Canada’s oil sands will have to cut production by up to 1.3 million barrels per day to meet the federal government’s 2030 emission targets, just as the International Energy Agency (IEA) reports a surge in clean energy investment and a faster-than-expected rise in key low-carbon technologies.

Oil Sands Must Cut Production to Hit 2030 Emissions Target, Analysts Say

A new analysis has concluded that Canada’s oil sands will have to cut production by up to 1.3 million barrels per day to meet the federal government’s 2030 emission targets, just as the International Energy Agency (IEA) reports a surge in clean energy investment and a faster-than-expected rise in key low-carbon technologies.

Solar, wind, and battery storage have been growing far faster than most energy models ever predicted, but not yet fast enough to deliver a 1.5°C climate future, concludes a new analysis released this month by RMI, the Colorado think tank previously known as the Rocky Mountain Institute.

Renewables Surge but Faster Action Needed to Hit 1.5°C

Solar, wind, and battery storage have been growing far faster than most energy models ever predicted, but not yet fast enough to deliver a 1.5°C climate future, concludes a new analysis released this month by RMI, the Colorado think tank previously known as the Rocky Mountain Institute.

Nine new solar projects, most of them in Indigenous communities, will add 163 megawatts of generating capacity and 48 MW of battery storage to Alberta’s electricity supply following a C$160-million grant announced last week by federal Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.

Ottawa Funds 9 Alberta Solar Projects Totalling 163 MW

Nine new solar projects, most of them in Indigenous communities, will add 163 megawatts of generating capacity and 48 MW of battery storage to Alberta’s electricity supply following a C$160-million grant announced last week by federal Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.

As more businesses seek ways to meet their sustainability goals, commercial property developers in Canada are recognizing rooftop solar as an excellent draw for new tenants.

Rooftop Solar Becomes ‘Differentiator’ for Large Commercial Properties

As more businesses seek ways to meet their sustainability goals, commercial property developers in Canada are recognizing rooftop solar as an excellent draw for new tenants.

Weeks after Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) triumphantly unveiled the biggest battery storage procurement in Canadian history, persistent questions remain about how much of that storage capacity will be powered by high-emitting natural gas, The Energy Mix has learned.

EXCLUSIVE: Big Batteries Likely Powered by High-Emitting Gas Under Ontario Grid Plan

Weeks after Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) triumphantly unveiled the biggest battery storage procurement in Canadian history, persistent questions remain about how much of that storage capacity will be powered by high-emitting natural gas, The Energy Mix has learned.

Ontario has announced the “biggest acquisition of clean energy in Canada's history”, unveiling a plan to expand nuclear power generation and procure large developments of utility-scale solar and wind, hydropower, and biogas to meet the province’s growing electricity needs.

Ontario’s Energy Expansion Goes Heavy on Nuclear

Ontario has announced the “biggest acquisition of clean energy in Canada’s history”, unveiling a plan to expand nuclear power generation and procure large developments of utility-scale solar and wind, hydropower, and biogas to meet the province’s growing electricity needs.

Germany’s largest business magazine has published a feature story delving into EverWind Fuels’ “green hydrogen” project in Point Tupper, Nova Scotia, the Halifax Examiner reports.

German Business Magazine Casts Doubt on Green Claims for Nova Scotia Hydrogen Project

Germany’s largest business magazine has published a feature story delving into EverWind Fuels’ “green hydrogen” project in Point Tupper, Nova Scotia, the Halifax Examiner reports.

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Climate Advisors Pitch Alternatives to B.C.’s Free AC Plan

The heat pump versus air conditioners debate is running hot in British Columbia this summer, with climate experts critiquing Premier David Eby’s plan to spend C$10 million on 8,000 free air conditioners for the province’s most vulnerable populations.

A commercial real estate company in the United States is calling for a “formidable undertaking” to triple the country’s energy retrofit rate to meet an ambitious net-zero emissions target.

Pick Up the Pace on Commercial Building Retrofits, U.S. Study Urges

A commercial real estate company in the United States is calling for a “formidable undertaking” to triple the country’s energy retrofit rate to meet an ambitious net-zero emissions target.

With a 1.5°C target to stabilize the global climate moving out of reach, and Monday, July 3 setting a record for the hottest world average temperature ever, a new report says leading oil and gas companies have done little to shift out of fossil fuels and meet the goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

‘Death Sentence for People, Ecosystems’ as Fossil Companies Explore for More Oil

With a 1.5°C target to stabilize the global climate moving out of reach, and Monday, July 3 setting a record for the hottest world average temperature ever, a new report says leading oil and gas companies have done little to shift out of fossil fuels and meet the goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

The next wave of technological upgrades to our lives will emit zero carbon and change how we get around, the way we heat and cool our homes, and what we use to cook and take showers, Corporate Knights and the Toronto Star report.

Four Carbon-Saving Technologies Can Cut Home Carbon Footprints by 80%, Save $4,300

The next wave of technological upgrades to our lives will emit zero carbon and change how we get around, the way we heat and cool our homes, and what we use to cook and take showers, Corporate Knights and the Toronto Star report.

Expectations are running high that veteran politician, community activist, and changemaker Olivia Chow will get Toronto on track to meet its climate and energy transition targets after winning the mayoralty of Canada’s largest city.

MAYOR CHOW: Toronto Election Result Raises Hopes for Faster Climate Action

Expectations are running high that veteran politician, community activist, and changemaker Olivia Chow will get Toronto on track to meet its climate and energy transition targets after winning the mayoralty of Canada’s largest city.

A national energy retrofit conference in Montreal earlier this month captured the momentum of a sector that is beginning to scale up, but still scrambling to hit the volume and speed that will deliver on Canada’s commitments for emission reductions and net-zero buildings.

Energy Retrofit Conference Shows Scramble to Scale Up

A national energy retrofit conference in Montreal earlier this month captured the momentum of a sector that is beginning to scale up, but still scrambling to hit the volume and speed that will deliver on Canada’s commitments for emission reductions and net-zero buildings.

Global fossil fuel demand falls steeply, Canadian oil and gas producers are in for a major price squeeze, electricity use more than doubles to become the “cornerstone” of the country’s energy system, and oil sands producers face higher transition costs in the net-zero by 2050 scenarios released Tuesday by the Canada Energy Regulator (CER).

Steep Fall for Oil and Gas, Tough Times for Oil Sands as Canada Energy Regulator Maps Net-Zero Future

Global fossil fuel demand falls steeply, Canadian oil and gas producers are in for a major price squeeze, electricity use more than doubles to become the “cornerstone” of the country’s energy system, and oil sands producers face higher transition costs in the net-zero by 2050 scenarios released Tuesday by the Canada Energy Regulator (CER).

British Columbia has announced its first new investment in clean electricity in 15 years, with provincial utility BC Hydro planning a call for proposals next spring and C$140-million earmarked for Indigenous-led clean power projects.

B.C. Plans First Clean Power Buy in 15 Years, Sets New Fund for Indigenous Projects

British Columbia has announced its first new investment in clean electricity in 15 years, with provincial utility BC Hydro planning a call for proposals next spring and C$140-million earmarked for Indigenous-led clean power projects.

The federal government is inviting proposals for local projects to cluster together and complete at least 100 deep energy retrofits in low-rise community housing, based on the Energiesprong model first pioneered in The Netherlands.

NRCan Issues Tender Call for Mass, Deep Retrofit Demos

The federal government is inviting proposals for local projects to cluster together and complete at least 100 deep energy retrofits in low-rise community housing, based on the Energiesprong model first pioneered in The Netherlands.

An 834-unit mixed-use development being built in New York City is set to be the state's largest residential project with a geothermal heat pump system, thanks to a mix of compatible building specs, committed developers, and state support.

Heat Pump System to Slash HVAC Emissions 53% in NYC Apartment Complex

An 834-unit mixed-use development being built in New York City is set to be the state’s largest residential project with a geothermal heat pump system, thanks to a mix of compatible building specs, committed developers, and state support.

Six years after Hurricane María underscored Puerto Rico’s urgent need for a resilient power supply, a small town in the island’s mountainous interior will switch on its first community-owned solar microgrid, weeks ahead of peak storm season.

Community Movement Brings Puerto Rico its First Locally-Owned Microgrid

Six years after Hurricane María underscored Puerto Rico’s urgent need for a resilient power supply, a small town in the island’s mountainous interior will switch on its first community-owned solar microgrid, weeks ahead of peak storm season.

New federal regulations to replace the most highly polluting fuels with cleaner alternatives are facing resistance, with some provinces calling the policies a “second carbon tax” that will burden low-income residents.

New Clean Fuel Rules Face Pushback from Some Provinces

New federal regulations to replace the most highly polluting fuels with cleaner alternatives are facing resistance, with some provinces calling the policies a “second carbon tax” that will burden low-income residents.

A more serious commitment to energy efficiency could bring down global greenhouse gas emissions by nearly one-third by 2030 and get countries back on track to meet United Nations goal of ensuring energy access for all in this decade, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reported last week.

Energy Efficiency Boost Could Cut Emissions Nearly 1/3 by 2030: IEA

A more serious commitment to energy efficiency could bring down global greenhouse gas emissions by nearly one-third by 2030 and get countries back on track to meet United Nations goal of ensuring energy access for all in this decade, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reported last week.

The Malahat First Nation in British Columbia is testing solar panels embedded in pavement as a source of electricity to power its administrative building.

Malahat First Nation to Embed Solar+Storage System in Sidewalks, Roadways

The Malahat First Nation in British Columbia is testing solar panels embedded in pavement as a source of electricity to power its administrative building.

The emerging concept of virtual power plants (VPPs) and the hot, new technology of residential heat pumps are beginning to join hands, as local utilities and at least one big battery maker look to software to connect household energy systems to the grid.

New Software Connects Home Heat Pumps to Virtual Power Plants

The emerging concept of virtual power plants (VPPs) and the hot, new technology of residential heat pumps are beginning to join hands, as local utilities and at least one big battery maker look to software to connect household energy systems to the grid.

A research team has devised a new greenhouse gas monitoring system to counter what it sees as the “flawed” performance of existing methods.

Free Carbon Data Tool Supports Local Action to Cut Emissions

A research team has devised a new greenhouse gas monitoring system to counter what it sees as the “flawed” performance of existing methods.

How one group in Rio de Janeiro teamed up with researchers to adapt green roof technology for their community.

Green Roofs Deliver Badly-Needed Cooling in Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas

How one group in Rio de Janeiro teamed up with researchers to adapt green roof technology for their community.

A new job training and upskilling program will open up a pathway to the clean energy economy for some of the 80% of Canadian fossil fuel workers who’ve said they want to move into net-zero jobs, Edmonton-based Iron & Earth announced today.

Iron & Earth Lands $16M to Help Fossil Fuel Workers Enter Net-Zero Jobs

A new job training and upskilling program will open up a pathway to the clean energy economy for some of the 80% of Canadian fossil fuel workers who’ve said they want to move into net-zero jobs, Edmonton-based Iron & Earth announced today.

Environmentalists have scored big wins for the planet by saying ‘no’ to greedy corporations and myopic governments, but the time has come to embrace the right kinds of development with “a resounding yes,” says veteran climate activist Bill McKibben, offering guidelines for discerning which battles to fight—and when to yield.

‘Hinge Moment’ for Humanity Demands ‘YIMBY’ Mentality: McKibben

Environmentalists have scored big wins for the planet by saying ‘no’ to greedy corporations and myopic governments, but the time has come to embrace the right kinds of development with “a resounding yes,” says veteran climate activist Bill McKibben, offering guidelines for discerning which battles to fight—and when to yield.

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Renewables ‘Set to Soar’ with 440 GW of New Installations in 2023: IEA

Renewable energy is “set to soar” to a record 440 gigawatts of new capacity this year, an eye-popping 107-GW increase over last year, with solar accounting for two-thirds of the total, the International Energy Agency reports in its annual Renewable Energy Market Update released June 1.

A C$1.7-billion, 1.4-gigawatt solar farm is expected to be Canada’s largest once it’s fully online in 2026 or 2027, after Greek industrial and power giant Mytilineos SA decided it was “more comfortable” building in Canada than in the United States.

Greek Industrial Giant Announces 1.4-GW Alberta Solar Farm, Canada’s Biggest

A C$1.7-billion, 1.4-gigawatt solar farm is expected to be Canada’s largest once it’s fully online in 2026 or 2027, after Greek industrial and power giant Mytilineos SA decided it was “more comfortable” building in Canada than in the United States.

As climate and energy security concerns accelerate the shift away from fossil fuels, the demand for “giant” commercial heat pumps is “exploding” across Europe.

Demand Surges for Giant Heat Pumps as Europe Turns to District Heating

As climate and energy security concerns accelerate the shift away from fossil fuels, the demand for “giant” commercial heat pumps is “exploding” across Europe.

The city council in Austin, Texas is on the verge of signing on to the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty (FFNPT), a global campaign calling on countries to phase out fossil fuel production and help communities make the transition to a renewable energy economy.

Austin, Texas Council Committee Backs Fossil Non-Proliferation Treaty

The city council in Austin, Texas is on the verge of signing on to the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty (FFNPT), a global campaign calling on countries to phase out fossil fuel production and help communities make the transition to a renewable energy economy.

Despite continuing growth in fossil fuel spending and record investment in coal, clean energy sources are becoming ever more dominant in a world that is expected to spend US$2.8 trillion on all forms of energy this year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reported last week.

Analyst Sees Oil and Gas Running Short of Cash as IEA Releases Energy Investment Update

Despite continuing growth in fossil fuel spending and record investment in coal, clean energy sources are becoming ever more dominant in a world that is expected to spend US$2.8 trillion on all forms of energy this year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reported last week.

With a coordinated, nation-wide net-zero strategy, Canada would see clean energy jobs grow 7% each year, adding 700,000 jobs to the sector by 2050 and creating a “pan-Canadian opportunity” for workers across provinces and industries.

Clean Energy to Add 700,000 New Jobs by 2050, with Alberta in the Lead

With a coordinated, nation-wide net-zero strategy, Canada would see clean energy jobs grow 7% each year, adding 700,000 jobs to the sector by 2050 and creating a “pan-Canadian opportunity” for workers across provinces and industries.

Hamilton, Ontario is poised to become one of Canada's first municipalities to protect renters from dangerous heat waves as it develops a bylaw requiring landlords to install air conditioning in apartments to keep temperatures below 26°C.

Hamilton Plans Heat Bylaw for Rental Housing

Hamilton, Ontario is poised to become one of Canada’s first municipalities to protect renters from dangerous heat waves as it develops a bylaw requiring landlords to install air conditioning in apartments to keep temperatures below 26°C.

Lévis, Quebec-based QScale is developing a C$1-billion, 130-acre data centre campus where it plans to use the warmth emanating from its servers to grow more than 80,000 tonnes of produce in adjacent greenhouses every year.

Waste Heat from Quebec Data Centre to Grow 80,000 Tonnes of Veggies Per Year

Lévis, Quebec-based QScale is developing a C$1-billion, 130-acre data centre campus where it plans to use the warmth emanating from its servers to grow more than 80,000 tonnes of produce in adjacent greenhouses every year.

A small village in Germany is generating income for all residents and a second cash crop for farmers with a community wind farm that dates back to 1999, recently boosted its capacity from four turbines to eight, and now produces about 50 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, enough to power about 16,000 homes.

Community Wind Farm Earns Support, Generates Income in German Village

A small village in Germany is generating income for all residents and a second cash crop for farmers with a community wind farm that dates back to 1999, recently boosted its capacity from four turbines to eight, and now produces about 50 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, enough to power about 16,000 homes.

Resource-conscious civil engineers have discovered a novel second life for the reusable resources in disposable diapers: use them in selected building components to produce more affordable housing.

Engineers Replace Sand in Concrete with Disposable Diapers

Resource-conscious civil engineers have discovered a novel second life for the reusable resources in disposable diapers: use them in selected building components to produce more affordable housing.

A small Nevada company spent decades buying up water rights. Now that the region is facing a megadrought brought on by climate change, the company is cashing out, and others are trying to imitate the business model.

U.S. Megadrought Brings Private Water Brokers Into Focus

A small Nevada company spent decades buying up water rights. Now that the region is facing a megadrought brought on by climate change, the company is cashing out, and others are trying to imitate the business model.

Ontario is pushing ahead with contracts to increase natural gas use and climate pollution in cities that have already declared their opposition to gas plant expansions, despite independent research showing how the province could clear its looming electricity shortfall with renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Ontario Overrules Cities to Push Gas Plant Expansions

Ontario is pushing ahead with contracts to increase natural gas use and climate pollution in cities that have already declared their opposition to gas plant expansions, despite independent research showing how the province could clear its looming electricity shortfall with renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Solar manufacturing giant Qcells is investing US$100 million in a pilot production line that incorporates perovskites, a “miracle” semiconductor material under development for more than a decade that could improve on the efficiency of existing solar cells by 50 to 75%.

PEROVSKITES: Qcells Plans First Production Line for ‘Miracle’ Solar Cell

Solar manufacturing giant Qcells is investing US$100 million in a pilot production line that incorporates perovskites, a “miracle” semiconductor material under development for more than a decade that could improve on the efficiency of existing solar cells by 50 to 75%.

Calls to dismantle aging and decrepit dams are intensifying in the United States, as evidence emerges that these steadfast sources of renewable energy have the power to unleash a barrage of environment and safety hazards.

Scientists Sound Alarm on Methane Emissions, Habitat Hazards at U.S. Hydro Dams

Calls to dismantle aging and decrepit dams are intensifying in the United States, as evidence emerges that these steadfast sources of renewable energy have the power to unleash a barrage of environment and safety hazards.

Three and a half years after the tiny Inuit hamlet of Gjoa Haven embraced the challenge of growing fruit and vegetables in wind- and solar-powered greenhouses, the initiative is going strong, delighting residents, and improving local diets and food security.

Renewable-Powered Greenhouse Brings Fresh Produce Bounty to Gjoa Haven Inuit

Three and a half years after the tiny Inuit hamlet of Gjoa Haven embraced the challenge of growing fruit and vegetables in wind- and solar-powered greenhouses, the initiative is going strong, delighting residents, and improving local diets and food security.

Vermont’s climate policy has “nudged” a local gas utility into the heat pump business.

Vermont Gas Utility Pivots to Heat Pumps

Vermont’s climate policy has “nudged” a local gas utility into the heat pump business.

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) may be on the verge of a breakthrough as it nears the end of a high-stakes, 18-month effort to map a net-zero pathway for the country’s energy sector.

NET-ZERO BREAKTHROUGH? Hopeful Signs as Regulator Finalizes Energy Futures Report

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) may be on the verge of a breakthrough as it nears the end of a high-stakes, 18-month effort to map a net-zero pathway for the country’s energy sector.

The Biden administration’s long-awaited plan to regulate emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants covers only 147 of 3,400 such facilities in the United States and relies heavily on costly technologies like carbon capture and hydrogen, critics say.

New U.S. Power Plant Rules Exclude ‘Vast Majority’ of Gas Plants

The Biden administration’s long-awaited plan to regulate emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants covers only 147 of 3,400 such facilities in the United States and relies heavily on costly technologies like carbon capture and hydrogen, critics say.

COP 28 President Sultan al Jaber is under fire for a “dangerous” pitch to reduce fossil fuel emissions without reducing oil and gas production, even as countries work toward adopting a global renewable energy target when the annual UN climate summit convenes in Dubai November 30-December 12.

COP 28 Head Pitches Emission Cuts with No Fossil Reduction as Countries Mull Global Renewables Target

COP 28 President Sultan al Jaber is under fire for a “dangerous” pitch to reduce fossil fuel emissions without reducing oil and gas production, even as countries work toward adopting a global renewable energy target when the annual UN climate summit convenes in Dubai November 30-December 12.

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Efficiency First: Ottawa Needs Better Definition of ‘Clean’ Energy Investment

Rather than investing in high-risk energy transition options in its climate strategy, the federal government needs more rigour to define clean energy and decide what projects to support, write energy transition veterans Mark Winfield of York University and Johanne Whitmore of HEC Montréal.

Solar airships that look a lot like the Hindenburg—but powered by batteries and flexible solar panels rather than a highly combustible fuel—are emerging as a possible route to decarbonizing air travel, one of the toughest challenges on the road to a zero-carbon future.

Solar Airships Could Decarbonize Long Distance Travel

Solar airships that look a lot like the Hindenburg—but powered by batteries and flexible solar panels rather than a highly combustible fuel—are emerging as a possible route to decarbonizing air travel, one of the toughest challenges on the road to a zero-carbon future.

New legislation in British Columbia could be a game-changer for lowering greenhouse gas emissions from buildings, as long as  communities across the province  take the next step.

B.C. Legislation Could Produce Clean Building Boom

New legislation in British Columbia could be a game-changer for lowering greenhouse gas emissions from buildings, as long as  communities across the province  take the next step.

A student residence at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, will become the tallest solar-integrated building in North America once its decades-old concrete façade is replaced with a solar wall.

Halifax Retrofit to Produce North America’s Tallest Solar Tower

A student residence at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, will become the tallest solar-integrated building in North America once its decades-old concrete façade is replaced with a solar wall.

A new offshore power transmission corridor could eventually connect wind turbines off the Nova Scotia coast and in the Gulf of Maine to power grids and green hydrogen facilities in the Maritimes and New England, under a preliminary scenario published last week by a seven-member business coalition.

Massive New Grid Corridor Could Connect Offshore Wind to Nova Scotia, New England

A new offshore power transmission corridor could eventually connect wind turbines off the Nova Scotia coast and in the Gulf of Maine to power grids and green hydrogen facilities in the Maritimes and New England, under a preliminary scenario published last week by a seven-member business coalition.

The Lower Nicola Indian Band has signed a deal for a 100-megawatt solar+storage project, to be built on the traditional territory of the Nlaka’pamux and Syilx Nation peoples.

Lower Nicola Band in B.C. Inks 100-MW Solar+Storage Deal

The Lower Nicola Indian Band has signed a deal for a 100-megawatt solar+storage project, to be built on the traditional territory of the Nlaka’pamux and Syilx Nation peoples.

Sweden's early shift from fossil-fueled heating to electric heat pumps suggests a carrot-and-stick approach of incentives and regulation could help Canadians achieve the lowered costs and 95% drop in building heating emissions that Swedes have enjoyed since the 1990s.

95% LOWER EMISSIONS: Sweden’s Shift to Heat Pumps Holds Lessons for Canada

Sweden’s early shift from fossil-fueled heating to electric heat pumps suggests a carrot-and-stick approach of incentives and regulation could help Canadians achieve the lowered costs and 95% drop in building heating emissions that Swedes have enjoyed since the 1990s.

Tech giant Google is joining forces with one of North America’s largest clean energy companies to build a 500-megawatt solar portfolio in 80 community- sized chunks, with 10% of the resulting revenue flowing to at least 25,000 “high-energy-burden” households.

Google Plans 500-MW ‘Synthetic’ Community Solar Project

Tech giant Google is joining forces with one of North America’s largest clean energy companies to build a 500-megawatt solar portfolio in 80 community- sized chunks, with 10% of the resulting revenue flowing to at least 25,000 “high-energy-burden” households.

The owner of a 110-year-old house in Ottawa South is enjoying significantly lower power bills after deep energy retrofits slashed his home energy requirements 68%, eliminated drafts and dampness, and guaranteed him comfortable indoor temperatures—come winter or summer.

Deep Retrofit Slashes Energy Use 68% in 110-Year-Old Ottawa Home

The owner of a 110-year-old house in Ottawa South is enjoying significantly lower power bills after deep energy retrofits slashed his home energy requirements 68%, eliminated drafts and dampness, and guaranteed him comfortable indoor temperatures—come winter or summer.

One of Spain's most storied soccer squads laid down a new marker for sports teams looking to get serious about the carbon footprint when players ditched their private jet and travelled to a match by train instead.

Barcelona Soccer Stars Ditch Private Jet, ‘Take the Train to Work’

One of Spain’s most storied soccer squads laid down a new marker for sports teams looking to get serious about the carbon footprint when players ditched their private jet and travelled to a match by train instead.

Germany called Tuesday for governments around the world to work on setting an ambitious target for renewable energy that would “ring in the end of the fossil fuel age” and help prevent dangerous global warming.

Ring in the End of Fossil Fuels, Germany Urges Global Climate Meeting

Germany called Tuesday for governments around the world to work on setting an ambitious target for renewable energy that would “ring in the end of the fossil fuel age” and help prevent dangerous global warming.

Residents of Berlin, Germany rejected a referendum aimed at achieving carbon neutrality 15 years earlier than planned. But the failed vote in late March brought silver linings, including a windfall €5-billion fund for climate action and valuable lessons for other cities.

Berlin Rejects 2030 Carbon-Neutral Target, Gains €5B Transition Fund

Residents of Berlin, Germany rejected a referendum aimed at achieving carbon neutrality 15 years earlier than planned. But the failed vote in late March brought silver linings, including a windfall €5-billion fund for climate action and valuable lessons for other cities.

Vancouver topped the charts in four categories of a citizen-led climate and sustainability contest that assessed 57 Canadian cities on a range of indicators like public transit, urban green space, air quality, and walkability.

Vancouver Tops Municipal Climate Contest, Steals Montreal’s Public Transit Crown

Vancouver topped the charts in four categories of a citizen-led climate and sustainability contest that assessed 57 Canadian cities on a range of indicators like public transit, urban green space, air quality, and walkability.

A new energy management system for large buildings is holding out the prospect of easier, more efficient electric vehicle charging for apartment and condo dwellers, just as the need for charging spots becomes more immediate—and, in some buildings, more controversial.

New Software Helps Condos, Apartment Buildings Install More EV Chargers

A new energy management system for large buildings is holding out the prospect of easier, more efficient electric vehicle charging for apartment and condo dwellers, just as the need for charging spots becomes more immediate—and, in some buildings, more controversial.

In a recent post for the Regulatory Assistance Project, University of Oxford energy specialist Dr. Jan Rosenow tackles 20 mostly false storylines about heat pumps.

Oxford Expert Tackles 20 Myths About Heat Pumps

In a recent post for the Regulatory Assistance Project, University of Oxford energy specialist Dr. Jan Rosenow tackles 20 mostly false storylines about heat pumps.

Energy and environment ministers of the Group of Seven wealthy nations vowed Sunday to work to hasten the shift toward cleaner, renewable energy, but set no timetable for phasing out coal-fired power plants as they wrapped up two days of talks in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo.

G7 Ministers Push Faster Shift to Renewables, Talk Fossil Phaseout Ahead of COP 28

Energy and environment ministers of the Group of Seven wealthy nations vowed Sunday to work to hasten the shift toward cleaner, renewable energy, but set no timetable for phasing out coal-fired power plants as they wrapped up two days of talks in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo.

The largest community solar effort in United States history—expected to generate 1.2 gigawatts of electricity, enough to power 140,000 homes and businesses—was made possible by incentives from the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act, the Biden administration says.

Harris Unveils ‘Largest Community Solar Project in U.S. History’

The largest community solar effort in United States history—expected to generate 1.2 gigawatts of electricity, enough to power 140,000 homes and businesses—was made possible by incentives from the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act, the Biden administration says.

As the hydrogen economy grows, policy experts and scientists warn that aggressive regulation is critical to ensure that what is currently being promoted as a climate boon does not end up a carbon bomb.

Lax Rules Risk ‘Dirty Hydrogen Monster’, U.S. Climate Expert Warns

As the hydrogen economy grows, policy experts and scientists warn that aggressive regulation is critical to ensure that what is currently being promoted as a climate boon does not end up a carbon bomb.

The Biden administration is proposing stiff new tailpipe emission limits that could eliminate 17 billion barrels of U.S. oil demand over three decades by requiring up to two-thirds of new vehicles sold to be electric by 2032.

New U.S. Auto Emissions Rule Pushes EVs, Cuts 17 Billion Barrels of Oil Demand

The Biden administration is proposing stiff new tailpipe emission limits that could eliminate 17 billion barrels of U.S. oil demand over three decades by requiring up to two-thirds of new vehicles sold to be electric by 2032.

A Calgary-based renewable energy developer says all Albertans will gain from the clean energy transition if they can move beyond a polarized perspective on the province’s oil economy.

Diversifying Alberta’s Oil Economy Needn’t be Divisive, Renewables Backer Says

A Calgary-based renewable energy developer says all Albertans will gain from the clean energy transition if they can move beyond a polarized perspective on the province’s oil economy.

An array of new tax credits for clean energy development and a pledge to secure Canada’s place in a global green economy are at the centre of this year’s federal budget, released Tuesday afternoon by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, with an estimated $80 billion in multi-year funding for mostly clean energy technologies.

BREAKING: Federal Budget Pours Tens of Billions Into Clean Economy

An array of new tax credits for clean energy development and a pledge to secure Canada’s place in a global green economy are at the centre of this year’s federal budget, released Tuesday afternoon by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, with an estimated $80 billion in multi-year funding for mostly clean energy technologies.

Now that the fossil fuel industry must appear to be reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, hydrogen hype becomes the greenwashing glue for “blue hydrogen” made from fossil gas, writes longtime LNG activist and now green hydrogen proponent Ken Summers.

Opinion: Hydrogen Hype Sabotages Potential to Decarbonize

Now that the fossil fuel industry must appear to be reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, hydrogen hype becomes the greenwashing glue for “blue hydrogen” made from fossil gas, writes longtime LNG activist and now green hydrogen proponent Ken Summers.

A stark choice between climate stability and global devastation is the constant drumbeat from a landmark report released today by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). “The choices and actions implemented in this decade will have impacts now and for thousands of years,” the UN agency states in its Sixth Assessment Report.

Devastating Impacts, Affordable Climate Solutions Drive IPCC’s Urgent Call for Action

A stark choice between climate stability and global devastation is the constant drumbeat from a landmark report released today by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). “The choices and actions implemented in this decade will have impacts now and for thousands of years,” the UN agency states in its Sixth Assessment Report.

Drastically reducing fossil fuel consumption while scaling up renewable energy and energy efficiency is the quickest but also the most affordable path to the rapid, deep emission reductions that can get the climate emergency under control, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes in its synthesis report released Monday.

Shift from Fossils to Renewables is Quickest, Cheapest Path to Cut Emissions, IPCC Report Shows

Drastically reducing fossil fuel consumption while scaling up renewable energy and energy efficiency is the quickest but also the most affordable path to the rapid, deep emission reductions that can get the climate emergency under control, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes in its synthesis report released Monday.

More than 1,550 community solar, battery storage, and hydrogen firms in the United States were rushing to regroup after last week’s collapse of the Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), which had issued them billions of dollars in operating loans.

U.S. Solar Developers Scramble after Silicon Valley Bank Collapse

More than 1,550 community solar, battery storage, and hydrogen firms in the United States were rushing to regroup after last week’s collapse of the Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), which had issued them billions of dollars in operating loans.

A Honolulu company is helping low-income families in Hawaii reduce energy costs while contributing to a more sustainable grid—by linking household water heaters to create a virtual power plant, effectively repurposing the ubiquitous appliances into grid batteries.

Hawaii Firm Turns Home Water Heaters into Grid Batteries

A Honolulu company is helping low-income families in Hawaii reduce energy costs while contributing to a more sustainable grid—by linking household water heaters to create a virtual power plant, effectively repurposing the ubiquitous appliances into grid batteries.

Despite a high-profile pledge from U.S. President Joe Biden’s to eliminate US$31 billion in fossil fuel subsidies, the country’s oil and gas industry is still lining up for billions in financial support under the national climate plan it once opposed.

Biden Cuts Fossil Subsidies, But Oil and Gas Still Lines Up for Billions

Despite a high-profile pledge from U.S. President Joe Biden’s to eliminate US$31 billion in fossil fuel subsidies, the country’s oil and gas industry is still lining up for billions in financial support under the national climate plan it once opposed.

Bankers will have to disclose but not take action on their exposure to financial risk, and the definition of “transitional” investments leading to a net-zero economy might include new spending on carbon capture and “blue” hydrogen projects, under two new reports from federal agencies over the last several days.

No Climate Risk Targets for Banks, New Guides for Green Finance as 2 Federal Agencies Issue New Rules

Bankers will have to disclose but not take action on their exposure to financial risk, and the definition of “transitional” investments leading to a net-zero economy might include new spending on carbon capture and “blue” hydrogen projects, under two new reports from federal agencies over the last several days.

How is it possible that a year of new solar and wind installations can already deliver more than twice the total peak power capacity it took Canada a century to build? In this book excerpt, author and investigative journalist Paul McKay says it’s partly because renewable production costs per unit are going down as scales and sales go up.

Book Excerpt: ‘Hope Beckons’ as Solar and Wind Scale Up

How is it possible that a year of new solar and wind installations can already deliver more than twice the total peak power capacity it took Canada a century to build? In this book excerpt, author and investigative journalist Paul McKay says it’s partly because renewable production costs per unit are going down as scales and sales go up.

Job opportunities in renewable energy are pulling U.S. workers from the fossil fuel sector, but some worry that the available labour force will still fall short of the Biden administration’s clean energy goals.

Workers Move to Renewables as U.S. Fossil Sector Sheds Jobs

Job opportunities in renewable energy are pulling U.S. workers from the fossil fuel sector, but some worry that the available labour force will still fall short of the Biden administration’s clean energy goals.

Canada should focus on exporting “clean” hydrogen to Europe as the continent shifts its fuel sources away from Russia, the head of the European Union said this week, ahead of an upcoming visit to Canada.

Export ‘Clean’ Hydrogen to Europe, EC President Urges Canada

Canada should focus on exporting “clean” hydrogen to Europe as the continent shifts its fuel sources away from Russia, the head of the European Union said this week, ahead of an upcoming visit to Canada.

Nova Scotia has approved plans for what could be North America’s first commercial-scale green hydrogen facility, amid lingering concerns that powering the plant could cannibalize renewable energy that’s vital to meeting the province’s climate goals.

Trailblazing Hydrogen Plant Could ‘Cannibalize’ Green Power from Nova Scotia Grid

Nova Scotia has approved plans for what could be North America’s first commercial-scale green hydrogen facility, amid lingering concerns that powering the plant could cannibalize renewable energy that’s vital to meeting the province’s climate goals.

Alberta’s ability to thrive and attract investment in a world shifting to low-carbon energy will depend on the climate and energy policy choices it makes in the weeks leading into this spring’s provincial election and beyond, the Calgary-based Pembina Institute warns in a 23-page policy roadmap released last week.

Alberta Faces ‘Significant Disadvantage’ by Ignoring Energy Transition, Pembina Warns

Alberta’s ability to thrive and attract investment in a world shifting to low-carbon energy will depend on the climate and energy policy choices it makes in the weeks leading into this spring’s provincial election and beyond, the Calgary-based Pembina Institute warns in a 23-page policy roadmap released last week.

Pickering nuclear

Ontario Considers New Large-Scale Nuclear Plants Despite Cheaper, Renewable Options

Ontario is exploring the possibility of building new, large-scale nuclear plants in order to meet increasing demand for electricity and phase out natural gas generation.

Edmonton and Toronto's bid to become “15-minute cities” is facing pushback from fringe groups—putting them alongside Oxford, England, in a battle against climate denial, COVID-19 misinformation, and hard-right extremism.

Fringe Conspiracy Theories Target 15-Minute City Push in Edmonton, Toronto

Edmonton and Toronto’s bid to become “15-minute cities” is facing pushback from fringe groups—putting them alongside Oxford, England, in a battle against climate denial, COVID-19 misinformation, and hard-right extremism.

The public pension plan that manages the retirement savings of 715,000 British Columbians has bought into a natural gas transmission network that is touting a risky scheme to use hydrogen for home heating, despite persistent concerns about the cost, safety, and climate impact of the plan.

B.C. Public Pension Plan Pours Retirement Savings into UK Home Hydrogen Scheme

The public pension plan that manages the retirement savings of 715,000 British Columbians has bought into a natural gas transmission network that is touting a risky scheme to use hydrogen for home heating, despite persistent concerns about the cost, safety, and climate impact of the plan.

A tiny Danish island has completed its journey to becoming the world’s first “renewable energy island,” with its roughly 4,000 residents reducing their emissions to near zero through collective ownership of wind turbines, solar panels, and biomass heating plants.

Local Buy-In Brings Denmark’s ‘Renewable Energy Island’ Close to 100% Fossil-Free

A tiny Danish island has completed its journey to becoming the world’s first “renewable energy island,” with its roughly 4,000 residents reducing their emissions to near zero through collective ownership of wind turbines, solar panels, and biomass heating plants.

A clever series of presentation slides at a conference in Ottawa last week placed small communities at the centre of the energy transition and spotlighted Prince Edward Island as Canada’s next source of breakaway climate leadership.

Aggressive Net-Zero Plan Puts PEI at ‘Centre of Energy Transition Universe’

A clever series of presentation slides at a conference in Ottawa last week placed small communities at the centre of the energy transition and spotlighted Prince Edward Island as Canada’s next source of breakaway climate leadership.

Wind and solar farms with battery backup are both cheaper to build than natural gas power plants in Ontario and Alberta, and the price of the renewable options is expected to fall another 40% by 2035, concludes a report released last week by Clean Energy Canada (CEC).

Wind and Solar Cheaper than Gas Plants in Ontario and Alberta, Study Shows

Wind and solar farms with battery backup are both cheaper to build than natural gas power plants in Ontario and Alberta, and the price of the renewable options is expected to fall another 40% by 2035, concludes a report released last week by Clean Energy Canada (CEC).

Type the word “Nemaska” into a search engine and most results refer to Nemaska Lithium, the company that sought bankruptcy protection in 2019 before being partly bought out by the Quebec government's investment agency. But Nemaska is above all a Cree community in the heart of the boreal forest that shares its territory with a wide variety of species.

Lithium Mine Divides Nemaska Cree Over Impacts, Benefits

Type the word “Nemaska” into a search engine and most results refer to Nemaska Lithium, the company that sought bankruptcy protection in 2019 before being partly bought out by the Quebec government’s investment agency. But Nemaska is above all a Cree community in the heart of the boreal forest that shares its territory with a wide variety of species.

Canada’s wind and solar capacity grew significantly in 2022, but not enough to hit the growth rate needed to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, new data shows.

Canada’s Solid Renewables Growth Falls Short of Net-Zero Ambitions

Canada’s wind and solar capacity grew significantly in 2022, but not enough to hit the growth rate needed to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, new data shows.

Oil and gas production will fall faster than previously expected, renewable energy will grow more rapidly, and global carbon dioxide emissions will drop as a result, according to a new analysis released yesterday by colossal fossil BP.

BP Predicts Faster Oil and Gas Decline as Clean Energy Spending Hits $1.1T in 2022

Oil and gas production will fall faster than previously expected, renewable energy will grow more rapidly, and global carbon dioxide emissions will drop as a result, according to a new analysis released yesterday by colossal fossil BP.

A new study says virtual power plants (VPPs) and their many benefits for electrical grids are at an “inflection point” as consumer demand and legislation propel a shift to greater electrification.

Virtual Power Plants Hit an ‘Inflection Point’

A new study says virtual power plants (VPPs) and their many benefits for electrical grids are at an “inflection point” as consumer demand and legislation propel a shift to greater electrification.

A nine-month news investigation by The Guardian, Die Zeit, and SourceMaterial, a non-profit investigative journalism organization, revealed that more than 90% of forest carbon offsets from the world’s leading provider are bogus. Indigenous and locally-controlled lands in the Amazon were storing carbon, while the rest of the rainforest was emitting greenhouse gases. Brazil’s new government confronted the “scorched earth” left behind by the Bolsonaro regime and launched its first raids against illegal tree-cutters.

Bogus Carbon Offsets, A Curious Seal, and £2,150 Per Household in Climate and Energy Costs

A nine-month news investigation by The Guardian, Die Zeit, and SourceMaterial, a non-profit investigative journalism organization, revealed that more than 90% of forest carbon offsets from the world’s leading provider are bogus. Indigenous and locally-controlled lands in the Amazon were storing carbon, while the rest of the rainforest was emitting greenhouse gases. Brazil’s new government confronted the “scorched earth” left behind by the Bolsonaro regime and launched its first raids against illegal tree-cutters.

Ontario’s “misleading and illegitimate” system of clean energy credits is “little more than greenwashing” and “should not move forward,” a team of three researchers writes for the Canadian Climate Institute (CCI).

Ontario Greenwashes with ‘Misleading, Illegitimate’ Emission Credits

Ontario’s “misleading and illegitimate” system of clean energy credits is “little more than greenwashing” and “should not move forward,” a team of three researchers writes for the Canadian Climate Institute (CCI).

Innovators motivated by climate change have been shifting hydrogen technology toward low-emission solutions, boosting the potential for green hydrogen to replace fossil fuels in industries like long-haul transport, where few clean alternatives exist.

Hydrogen Patents Reveal Shift Toward Cleaner Technologies

Innovators motivated by climate change have been shifting hydrogen technology toward low-emission solutions, boosting the potential for green hydrogen to replace fossil fuels in industries like long-haul transport, where few clean alternatives exist.

The U.S. set out to widen more highways, even though traffic planners know it never reduces congestion. Parking lots were falling out of favour, major U.S. subway systems were falling apart, Toronto’s transit plan was falling far short, Toronto’s parking authority fell for the idea of an EV charging network, and urban transit advocates wanted a federal strategy for zero-emission transit, intercity coaches, and rail.

Traffic and Transit, U.S. Gas Bans, Rooftop Windmills, Radioactive Wastewater, and a March 23 Day of Action on Banking and Oil

The U.S. set out to widen more highways, even though traffic planners kn